Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford
- Narrated by: Julia Barrie
- Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 21-09-12
- Language: English
- Publisher: Oakhill Publishing Ltd
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.
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By Elaine Wood on 15-09-09
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.
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
By bernard on 03-07-13
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???
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By Jennifer on 01-11-08
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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By LL on 22-08-09
What seemed like such a promising story about Jane Boleyn turned out to be a textbook-style narration of people and events centered around Anne and Henry. The author involves Jane in almost ridiculous reminders that the book is titled after her -- for example, after lengthy descriptions of Anne's life and events, the author uses phrases like, "Jane would surely have seen this, and probably felt happy for her sister-in-law." There is no real story about any of the people in the book, just a descriptive timeline of sorts, with occasional references to where Jane may have been, what she might have thought about her in-laws, and what she may have worn. I'm almost finished listening and, truthfully, I don't even want to continue, as I'd rather be entertained than lectured to.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful