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Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn

Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn
Lauren Mackay

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The tragic story of Anne Boleyn has been retold over the centuries, yet two key figures in Anne's life - her father Thomas and brother George - are often relegated to the margins of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. Well before Anne's coronation in 1533, Thomas was regarded as one of Henry's most skilled and experienced ambassadors, and George was a talented young courtier on the rise. But Anne's downfall was to have a devastating effect on her family - ultimately costing her and her brother their lives. A family whose success and prestige had been shaped over generations was destroyed in a violent and brutal episode as the king sought a new wife and a male heir.

In this first biography devoted to the Boleyn men, Lauren Mackay takes us beyond the stereotypes of Thomas and George to present a story that has almost been lost to history. This book follows the Boleyn men as they negotiated their way through the ruthless game of politics among the wolves of the court, and establishes their place in Tudor history.

Author Info

Lauren Mackay is a historian of Tudor England. She is the author of Inside the Tudor Court and a regular contributor to BBC History and All About History. She has lectured at the Tower of London, Hever Castle, Leeds Castle and the National Archives at Kew.


`A fascinating and long overdue re-evaluation of Thomas and George Boleyn based on extensive research. Lauren Mackay cuts through the stereotypes and myths which have for so long overshadowed her subjects.'
Elizabeth Norton, author of The Lives of Tudor Women

`Brilliantly researched, beautifully written and filled with wonderful detail, this is a superb biography that will make you see the Boleyns in a completely different way. Lauren Mackay has gone deep into the documents and brought the Boleyns to vivid and important life. Essential reading.'
Kate Williams, author of Rival Queens

`Among the Wolves of Court is an elegant, ground-breaking, persuasive reinterpretation of a powerful family. Impeccably researched and thoroughly readable, Lauren Mackay's book shatters the entrenched legends surrounding the tragic, frustrated, and fascinating lives of Anne Boleyn's father and brother.'
Gareth Russell, author of Young and Damned and Fair

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.

ISBN: 9781788310437
Publication Date: 29 Sep 2018
Number of Pages: 312
Height: 226
Width: 155
Illustrations: 24 black and white integrated and an 8 page plates section of colour images

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