Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford

  • by Julia Fox
  • Narrated by Julia Barrie
  • 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Elaine Wood

OK...but no coconut

What did you like best about Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford? What did you like least?

Lots of background info about how Jane would have lived at court, what she owned, where she stayed etc

Would you be willing to try another book from Julia Fox? Why or why not?

Possibly...although mostly well reserched, she does get several peices of well known history wrong.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Not badly read, but needs to slow down between chapters...she tends to run them into each other.

Did Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford inspire you to do anything?

Possibly to read other books about Jane Rochford...the author had made up her mind that she was an innocent victim of circumstance, which may be true but she seemed biased towards her and glossed over several relevent incidents far too quickly or left them out. Not up to the standard of Alison Weirs books.

Any additional comments?

The author relys alot on 'Jane must have felt' and the like very heavily throughout this book...it is hard as there is not a great deal of detail known about Jane Rochford, but it does get anoying after a while!

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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2012
  • Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd