The story of a beautiful moth who fluttered briefly near the candle of Henry VIII's brilliance, only to be consumed by the flame. Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne, could well have altered the course of English history. Fair and loving, devoid of ambition, Mary was exploited by men who found her desirable: by Francis I, King of France, who taught her how to love; and by England's virile young King Henry VIII. For a time, she held Henry's ardent heart, and she bore him a son, but his fickle eye was already upon her cleverer sister Anne.If Henry, whose greatest desire was to beget a son, had wed Mary instead of Anne, if Mary had been more scheming and less pliable, would England's history have been the same?
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