Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn
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 ofHenry 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.
Reviews of "Among the Wolves Of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn"
"Utterly fascinating and indispensable."
-Open Letters Review
"It is only natural that each new book released on that period of English history will claim to break new ground in its attempt to answer such questions. But few live up to such claims even a quarter as well as Lauren Mackay’s Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn."
-Catholic World Report
Brilliantly researched, beautifully written and filled with wonderful detail, this is a superb biography - it 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.
“‘Among the Wolves of Court’ is an elegant, groundbreaking, persuasive reinterpretation of a powerful family. Impeccably researched and thoroughly readable, Mackay’s book shatters the entrenched legends surrounding the tragic, frustrated, and fascinating lives of Anne Boleyn’s father and brother."
Every page in this definitive and groundbreaking biography brings Thomas out of the shadow of his daughter Queen Anne Boleyn, dispelling the popular and ridiculous myths promoted by fiction, detailing his many trips to the European courts and the grants and promotions he was given long before either of his daughters came to court.
-The Anne Boleyn Society
I devoured this book, I could not put it down! The depth of research is amazing and Mackay's style of writing is a perfect mix- scholarly and accessible. Thomas and George come to life like never before. This is the definitive biography.
Lauren Mackay puts to rest the flawed and (often) prejudiced perception of the Boleyn men.Meticulously researched, Among the Wolves of Court: The Untold Story of Thomas and George Boleyn is a fascinating biography — especially of Thomas Boleyn. It throws aside all preconceived notions of a man tarred by historic folklore, Lauren brings to life a man whose talent and brilliance brought him rewards and not his daughters relationships with King Henry VIII.