cover_george_boleynOur George Boleyn biography is finally available! We aimed for the end of April for its release and we made it – phew! George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat is available as a paperback and kindle on Amazon, an ebook on, and will also be rolling out to Kobo, Barnes & Noble, the Book Depository, Nook, the iBookstore and bookstores over the next few weeks and months. Here are the details…


George Boleyn has gone down in history as being the brother of the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and for being executed for treason, after being found guilty of incest and of conspiring to kill the King.

This biography allows George to step out of the shadows and brings him to life as a court poet, royal favourite, keen sportsman, talented diplomat and loyal brother. Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway chart his life from his spectacular rise in the 1520s to his dramatic fall and tragic end in 1536.

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat is divided into three sections – Beginnings, Career and Influence, and End of an Era – and topics include:

  • George Boleyn’s poetry
  • Personal attributes and social pursuits
  • Religion
  • George’s marriage to Jane Parker
  • The Reformation Parliament and the League of Schmalkalden
  • George the Diplomat
  • The fall of the Boleyns, arrests and trials
  • The aftermath of their fall
  • George Boleyn, Dean of Lichfield, and the Clonony Castle Boleyns

The biography is fully referenced and includes chapter notes, bibliography and useful appendices.

Paperback: 386 pages
Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing (April 26, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 8493746452
ISBN-13: 978-8493746452

How to buy

Here are some links to order a copy. If the paperback is not available yet in your country, it will be in the next few weeks:

Clare and I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support and encouragement with this book. It was wonderful to have you all involved in giving us feedback on the cover and title – a real group effort. Thank you.

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22 thoughts on “George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat out NOW!”
  1. Just got the book on Kindle! Looks good, Congratulations to Clare and Claire!
    I have always liked George Boleyn, My opinion of him was formed thankfully before the depictions of him shown in more modern media. I agree with the quote from your book – the Tudor court did lose much of its glamour with the absence of these glittering siblings.
    Thanks for bringing some of the shine back.

  2. Clare & Claire, Tremendous congratulations on the publication of this labor of love! I’ve already got it on my Kindle, eager beaver that I am, and it looks great. The cover art looks even better up close, and my heart gave a little leap to seek the quill in hand signing the name “George Rochford.” 🙂 I’ve read the introduction and am happily pushing aside my current reads to concentrate on this gem. Enjoy the day and celebrate!

    (One bit of confusion, which may be just be me misunderstanding while racing through the introduction too excitedly: In the third paragraph you compare George’s verse with Thomas Wyatt the Elder and Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey – is this Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey?)

    1. Thank you for your kind comments and also for spotting that error. The editor didn’t spot that, but then she was focusing on the grammar etc. and I think I’ve read the book too many times now to notice things like that! I will get it changed in the next edition, so thank you. It was correct in the paragraph at the start of the intro – oh well!

      1. Hey, fresh eyes and all that. No editor can catch all things. I would have dropped a note in your email, but I was afraid your Inbox might be overfull just now!

        I can just imagine that George Boleyn would be very pleased to finally have a bio of his own. What are you 2 doing to celebrate? After all your wonderful and dedicated work, are you having a big party? Or just sharing a quiet glass of wine and planning to sleep in for the next couple of days?

        1. Yes, we’ve had a few people look it over and nobody noticed that one so well done! Hopefully people won’t think less of the book because of that.

          Clare and I got together a few weeks ago and had an early celebration then, but I’m sure we’ll be cracking open the wine. I like to think that George would approve, it is about time he got some of the limelight!

          Thanks for your support.

  3. You’ve always got my support, and it’s well deserved. I’ve enjoyed talking to both of you when the occasion arose. I may open a bottle myself today and toast George’s spirit. 🙂

  4. Excellent news, Claire and Clare! I’d been checking once a day over the past week or so, so eager have I been to get my hands on it. I can’t tell you how glad I am that there’s finally a study of George out there, especially since, as you two covered in your video previews, there are a lot of popular myths out there grown up in recent years from all the Tudor novels and shows.

  5. Wonderful congratulations on the completion of this new book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it! All Best Wishes for its great success!

  6. It’s wonderful that George finally gets some recognition instead of just being Anne’s brother. After all is said and done they were siblings who knew what they wanted and how to achieve it, respect is well overdue. Thank you for the book, hopefully people will think twice before judging him on the media portrayals.

  7. Amazon redeemed itself by suggesting this book having previously suggested The Other Boleyn Girl book and DVD as an ideal Mother’s Day gift…

    1. Ha! I notice that when you put “George Boleyn” in as a search term on Amazon “The Other Boleyn Girl” comes up, but so does our book.

  8. Got the book the first day it was out: a few days ahead of expected (27th/28th) great looking book, decided on Kindle due to the ease of using it downstairs and wanted it straight away, may indulge in the hard copy later on. Looks quite good. Congratulations on the book; must have been hard work as well as an exciting project to work on. Cheers.

    1. Thank you! You might have the version that has a couple of errors in it if you ordered it before launch, but these have now been corrected. Sorry about that. It was a great project to work on, we really enjoyed it, and we hope that we’ve done George justice.

      1. Hi Claire, you mean Henry Howard being put down as Thomas Howard, well would not actually have noticed had it not been pointed out, but I can live with that; the book is great and I will be buying the paperback in a few weeks in any case. Thanks and good luck for the future.



  9. I am in the middle of George Boleyn. A great achievement. Your end of the chapter on the Reformation Parliament is stunning. I am rethinking the whole last weeks and their motivation. Congrats!

    1. Thank you, Kristen, it’s so good to get feedback on our book. Would you consider reviewing it on Amazon when you’re done as every little helps. So pleased you are enjoying it.

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