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Publisher's Summary

Jane Rochford was the sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and Lady of the Bedchamber to Catherine Howard, whom she followed to the scaffold in 1542. Hers is a life of extraordinary drama as a witness to and participant in the greatest events of Henry's reign. Her supposed part in both Anne Boleyn's and Catherine Howard's downfall has led to her being reviled through the centuries.
In this fascinating biography, Julia Fox repudiates the idea of the infamous Lady Rochford, and Jane emerges as a rather modern woman forced by brutal circumstances to fend for herself in a politically lethal world.
©2007 Julia Fox (P)2008 Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Ecstasy. This bio offers a dramatic writing, new info and a moving re-examination of a woman wronged for centuries by historians." ( Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 11-01-08

Shines new light on Jane

I found the pace a little slow at times, but there are great details about the lavish dress and surroundings that make it possible to visualize the events. It taught me a lot about the British culture at the time. It is also nice to get a different view of a woman with such a dark cloud over her reputation.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Kristen on 05-01-10

Bad biography

This is the worse excuse for a biography I've ever read. Three-quarters of it is the story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, rehashed yet again, with embarrassing comments like "Jane probably knew about this" or "Jane may have felt this about that". Jane Boleyn plays as merely a background character in her own biography! The INFAMOUS Lady Rochford, indeed. Infamous for what? Being a bit player in the drama of Henry VIII's serial marriages? If you're going to write someone's biography, some FACTS would be nice. As is, this is naught but a series of "may have's" and "probably's".

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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2 out of 5 stars
By Elaine Wood on 09-15-09

This felt more like a text book than fun to read.

While very interesting and full of facts, if this had not been an audio-book I would never have ploughed through to the end. The 10 minute long explanations of how a dowery had been calculated nearly made me drift into another lane on the motorway one day!

Because she wasn't quite important enough to be recorded in documents at the time, there is a lot of supposition in this book about where Jane is at certain times, and who she would be with and why.

I think anybody reading anything about history understands this, which is why when you read six authors versions of the life of a Queen you will get six different accounts, as writers fill in the blanks themselves. At least that would have been entertaining.

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2 out of 5 stars
By bernard on 07-03-13


What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

much more info on lady Rochford

Has Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford put you off other books in this genre?


Did Julia Barrie do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

more a history lesson than a book about the lady in the title

What character would you cut from Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford?

how can you cut people out of history

Any additional comments?

it seemed to me like a lot of guess work. Like she may have been there or she may have known.Or she would have known???

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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