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The Tudor Throne

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  495 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
In the wake of King Henry VIII's death, England's throne is left in a precarious state-as is the peculiar relationship between his two daughters. Mary, the elder, once treasured, had been declared a bastard in favor of her flame-haired half-sister, Elizabeth, born of the doomed Anne Boleyn. Yet the bond between the sisters was palpable from the start. Now reinstated, Mary ...more
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Published July 1st 2011 by Kensington (first published 2011)
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Jan 17, 2012 Kim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudor-fiction
After I finished reading this book, I was left with much the same feelings that I'd had with Purdy's previous novel, The Boleyn Wife -- there were some good moments, but there were many others that were just so utterly out there that it disrupted the flow of the story.

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Kathleen Kelly
Feb 28, 2011 Kathleen Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy is another take on the history of England after the death of Henry VIII and his son Edward VI. The story is basically about Queen Mary and Princess Elizabeth, told in alternating chapters. Queen Mary is the daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, while Princess Elizabeth is the daughter of Henry VIII and Queen Anne Boleyn. There always was animosity between the two sisters. Mary's reign was successful at first as she pardoned those who were loyal to ...more
Katherine Gilraine
We all know the struggle between the Queen Mary and her half-sister, who would later become Elizabeth I. We've seen what unfolded. But to read it in an interchanging first-person narrative was interesting and quite engaging.

I've been a fan of historical fiction for a while, but so far, I think I like Brandy Purdy's characterization of Elizabeth best. While we have all seen what happened through her life, seen the historical record, Purdy's narrative through Elizabeth's eyes tells the story of a
Jul 29, 2011 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
[I received this novel from the author as a review copy for my blog Historical Fiction Obsession.]

Over the past several years I have read many books dealing with the Tudors. Most of them have dealt with Anne Boleyn or Elizabeth Tudor, and a few have been about Henry VIII’s other five wives, his sisters, and his daughter Mary. THE TUDOR THRONE, however, is the first Tudor novel that I have read that gives both Mary and Elizabeth Tudor’s point of view together, following their father’s death. All
Nan Hawthorne
Feb 10, 2011 Nan Hawthorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My regular readers know I have strict standards where first person narrative is concerned. I believe it should only be used if the voice can reveal more than the usual narrative style can. I have reviewed books that were at best lackluster and at worst clumsy because of inappropriate use of first person. This book, like at least one other of Brandy's three, uses first person in a skillful, effective way.

After a narrative prologue depicting the death of the great King Henry VIII the novel splits
Allison  Macias
Nov 18, 2010 Allison Macias rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Father shapes the destiny of his children, a King shapes the destiny of his kingdom. Henry VIII shaped both.As Henry VIII laid on his deathbed attended by his wife Katherine Parr and his three children, the world waited. Henry, speaking in riddles, talks to his three children. Edward, the small weakhearted prince; Mary, the Proud Princess; and Elizabeth, the princess who should have been a prince. After Henry's passing, Edward with his Protectors assume the throne. Unfortunately, Edward is a c ...more
Lisa Yarde
Jul 22, 2012 Lisa Yarde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The sisters Mary and Elizabeth, heirs of Henry VIII’s English empire, endure a tragic battle of wit and will in Brandy Purdy’s The Tudor Throne. As the daughter of the Spanish Catholic queen Catherine of Aragon, Mary has inherited her mother’s dour and devout nature. Elizabeth, only child of Anne Boleyn, is spirited like her mother, a source of painful memories for Mary. Both women knew happiness in earlier times as the darlings of their father and have witnessed Henry’s subsequent abandonment o ...more
Jul 20, 2011 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Phillipa Gregory, fans of historical fiction, fans of the Tudor history
Shelves: first-reads
Henry VIII is dead. His own children sat in his chamber and watched him die. Now, his young son, Edward, is promptly named king, though he has little to do with any ruling. Mary and Elizabeth are both put aside, though Mary begins to fear for her life as she is still a practicing Catholic during her brother's Protestant reign. Edward's health is decent at its best, and he begins to have problems shortly after ascending the throne. At his death, Mary becomes queen and begins her quest to save her ...more
Jul 11, 2011 Shoshanah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I always enjoy reading new historical fiction, at times it feels like I've read so much on the Tudor reign that it's difficult to read more. Not that I don't still enjoy that time period, but more that there only so many different ways one can reread the same basic story.

The Tudor Throne starts at the ends of Henry VIII's reign, and continues through both Edward VI's and Mary's reign. It's told from both Mary's and Elizabeth's points of view in alternating chapters, which means while I mig
King Henry VIII has just died and though his son is the next in line, everyone knows Edward won't make "old bones." That leaves Henry's daughters, Catholic Mary and Protestant Elizabeth, left to rule. Both have been disinherited at one point by the king, but now both stand to take the throne. Slowly, Mary and Elizabeth's relationship begins to fray as rumors about Elizabeth's personal life begin to spread and Mary's paranoia begins to rise. When Mary becomes Queen, she swears to bring England ba ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Henry VIII has died and on his death bed he knows that his son Edward, son of Jane Seymour, is not strong enough to rule and will be himself ruled by the sixteen men appointed to guide him until he is old enough to take the throne but he fears that if Mary, daughter of his first wife Katherine of Aragon, becomes queen all will be lost. His one true regret is that Elizabeth (Bess), daughter of Anne Boleyn, wasn’t a boy. He knows she has what it takes to rule but since she is a girl and third in l ...more
I'm a big fan of Tudor era novels...usually. There were some excellent portrayals in this novel, like the characterization of the two sisters' beliefs and how they saw the world through varied lenses, that made it compelling at times. I had to admire Elizabeth's love for England and pity Mary for being fooled by Prince Philip into thinking she actually meant something to him. What a sad thing to say in your last days... "All I ever wanted was to be loved." The portrayal of their differences when ...more
Jun 13, 2011 Bookaholics rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy
Historical Novel- June 28th, 2011
4 stars

Mary Tudor has watched Elizabeth grow up and took care of her after Elizabeth mother, Anne Boleyn, fell out of favor by their father (the King of England) and was executed. But after their father’s death, these two half-sisters grew further and further apart, each with a different viewpoint on England’s future and destiny. When the next king, their little brother Edward, passes away and Mary ascends to the throne, it become
Shawna Scott
Jun 04, 2014 Shawna Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 16, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary and Elizabeth have a complicated relationship. Both children of King Henry, the two formed a bond the day Elizabeth was born. Best friends for many years, the death of their mutual father has thrown their relationship into chaos. No longer as close as they once were, the two enter the stressful, bloody days of Bloody Mary’s rein.

The two women had very different personalities. Mary was a calm, religious, and stuffy woman. She seemed obsessed with bringing back the “true religion.” In compari
Jun 13, 2011 Amber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor fans!
The Tudor Throne begins as Henry VIII lay dying. Mary, Elizabeth, and Edward sit by as Henry babbles incoherently and continues to weaken, while the two sisters think back on their relationships with their father.

Then, Henry VIII is dead and their little brother Edward is the new king.
The rest of the story alternates between the points-of-view of Elizabeth and Mary as they navigate Britain under Edward and then under Mary’s own reign. Under Edward’s reign, Elizabeth is relatively carefree, livi
Aug 18, 2011 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Tudor Throne is written in the first person narrative, giving both Mary and Elizabeth's points of view. I'm generally not a big fan of changing points of view back and forth in a novel, but I think the author, Brandy Purdy, did a nice job of it.

For me, the story got off to a slow start. I think beginning with Mary and her austere, disapproving undertones made it feel draggy, even though it was just a few pages. Also, the history as presented by Ms. Purdy was not all factual. Even though thi
Michelle Tey
I enjoyed reading this book; partly because the Tudor history fascinates me but mainly because Purdy is a competent writer who vividly captures the 1) different settings in the story, 2) emotions of the main characters, 3) even the appearances of characters are given attention to. The historical aspect of it is mostly accurate as well.

In short, this book is written in alternate viewpoints of Princesses Mary and Elizabeth; it explores how the once-close sisters grew up to become enemies (actually
I'd rate this a 3.5.

I didn't love it but it was a pretty good novel and very interesting when it came to the contrasting views of the two sisters. I really enjoyed reading their drastically different viewpoints on certain events, and it wasn't hard to feel sympathy for either of them.

That said, I didn't like the sex scenes, especially the one between 13 year old Elizabeth and married and 30-something Thomas Seymour. I mean, what? I get that girls married young in those days, but that's basical
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
I normally find Tudor stories to be very complex with drama, backstabbing, and endless amounts of intrigue. This book was much more subdued than most Tudor stories I’ve read, but it was still an enjoyable glimpse into Mary and Elizabeth’s lives.

Both Mary and Elizabeth had alternating first person narratives over the same time period, which made it easy to contrast and compare the sisters. It was interesting to see how each of them perceived and reacted differently to the same events. It really h
Amanda Gray
Brady Purdy has written a book that fully submerges you in the Tudor Period, England. She reminds you of the elegance of dress, hairstyles, and architecture. In this book, you are drawn in to an England that is in upheaval from many years of infighting and succession battles. Yet is still a powerful influence in Europe.
I believe that all historical facts in this book are correct. Still, I found conflict with the representation of the two most powerful women in English history. Mary was repres
Jun 28, 2011 Alex rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't been reading as many Tudor books lately because I'm getting to the point of thinking, "How many different ways can you write the same story?"

This book gave the familiar story a twist by containing alternating points of view between Mary and Elizabeth. I've read a few books that are solely done through one of "their" eyes, but never a book that contained both of them together. It was interesting to me how the exact same events were interpreted completely differently in their chapters.
Sep 01, 2011 Chandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 0060519711
**I wish to thank KENSINGTON PUBLISHING for providing me with this book, THE TUDOR THRONE, as a part of the member giveaway on**

For a HISTORICAL FICTION, absolutely amazing and very well written. Each chapter traverses between the thoughts and lives from Mary to Elizabeth, Elizabeth to Mary.

The lives and hardships of being the daughters of King Henry VIII;
Love shared between half sisters that eventually turns into distrust.
Marriage to Prince Phillip of Spain who atte
Debbie Smith
I have long had a facination with the reigns of Henry the VIII and his two daughters, so when I received a copy of "The Tudor Throne" from Goodreads, as a first reads winner, I was looking forward to reading about one of my favorite subjects. After finishing it I am left with mixed feelings about this novel. When the author, Brandy Purdy, stuck to the historical events in Mary and Elizabeth's lives as told in their own voices the book was almost spellbinding. However when she deviated into their ...more
Apr 07, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why this is showing as "The Tudor Throne", when it is in fact entitled "Mary and Elizabeth"!

This looks like another interesting examination of the sometimes fraught (but always fascinating!) relationship between Henry V111's daughters.There were no new revelationss concerning their relationships, both with each other and their respective parents. But it was good to trace how the relationship ebbed and flowed-and in fact made me feel much more empathy for Elizabeth than I have had in
Elizabeth Villalobos
I loved this book! it's been over a year since I finished it. If i remember correctly it offered both the perspectives of each of Harry's disowned children. I loved that. It offered the opportunity to get into the heads of both women. I must say this is the first time I was able to be somewhat sympathetic for Mary. I myself tend to side with Queen Elizabeth. But this book's perspective on Mary and what could have been her inner thinking processes allowed me to see her in a new light. I have yet ...more
Gosh, this one was really bad. Mostly mediocre writing, weak and inconsistent characterization, and the way the story was told was just literally unbelievable. For example, there were several chapters about the sexual exploits of Elizabeth and her stepfather, Thomas Seymour, that were so ridiculous they made me roll my eyes. While it is quite possible that they had an affair, I'm sure if they did it didn't go down like this ...!

Normally I love historical novels set in Tudor England, but reading
Terri Pray
Dec 30, 2011 Terri Pray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor Fans
Shelves: historical
The Tudor Throne follows Mary and Elizabeth from the death of their father, Henry VIII. It's a compelling read and tells the story from the viewpoints of both women, changing point of view with each chapter - a wise move as both viewpoints are told in first person.

The relationship between the two women is well known but this puts a very personal touch to the story. The ups and down between the two as they changed status, became enemies, friends, sisters, and enemies again.

Beautifully written an
Oct 05, 2011 Steph rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading this book took me to a different time and place in history, and I could almost feel myself side by side with Mary and Elizabeth. Though sisters united by blood, they certainly had their differences and made it known to each other. Mary, the staunch Catholic, only wanted to be loved by someone who seemed to loathe her. Elizabeth, on the other hand, only sought the love of her country. Both eventually came to terms with their decisions, but it was a very fun book to read, especially since ...more
This was an interesting and fairly well-written book about those famous half-siblings, Mary I and Elizabeth I. Chapters alternate between Mary and Elizabeth's narrations; no real new ground is covered but I liked the fact that both women take turns narrating because insight is gained into both perspectives within one book. Each sister views the same situation a bit differently and puts her own special spin on it. Two books in one!
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  • I, Jane (In the Court of Henry VIII, #4)
  • To Serve a King
  • Elizabeth and the Prince of Spain (Elizabeth Trilogy, #3)
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • The King's Damsel (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #5)
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The Sumerton Women
  • The Queen's Secret
  • The Queen's Gamble (Thornleigh, #4)
  • Rival to the Queen
  • All the Queen's Players
  • In a Treacherous Court (Susanna Horenbout and John Parker, #1)
  • Three Maids for a Crown
  • The Queen's Governess

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