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The Tudor Throne

3.68 of 5 stars 3.68  ·  rating details  ·  503 ratings  ·  74 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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Jul 05, 2011 Iset rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Iset by: Goodreads Giveaways First Reads
Before I get into the review proper, for the benefit of fellow readers and to help them avoid any confusion, I just want to highlight the fact that this novel is also published under the title The Tudor Throne in the USA and under the author’s real name Brandy Purdy. So I understand, the decision to publish her novels under the nom de plume Emily Purdy in the UK was taken by the publishers, not the author herself, and she has been at pains to bring attention to the fact that these are in fact th ...more
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
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
I don't know why but when I put this book on my wishlist, I thought it was a history book. It wasn't until I started reading that I released it was historical fiction. Which is not a bad thing as I love historical fiction but I always find non fiction to be more exciting where Elizabeth is concerned.

This book started out great, really got into it. Purdy played with the Tom Seymour storyline but in a believable way, as we will never know what really happened there. I don't believe that he took he
Carla Acheson
Written in the first person narrative, this historical story follows the tempestuous relationship between Henry VIII's two daughters, Mary Tudor and the younger Elizabeth. Told from alternate perspectives, the writing is competent and descriptive. Purdy manages to paint the two monarchs with such complexity of emotion that I soon lost myself in the story as if learning it for the first time, even though Tudor lovers and historians know it well.

When King Henry dies, Edward VI inherits the throne,
Again, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed Emily Purdy's "Mary & Elizabeth" - Purdy tells a really good story (I'm not saying it's historically accurate, or that the characters are true to life representations) - but she writes in a really fun, vibrant, vivid and romantic way that draws the reader in and leaves you wanting more. I'm glad that I read "The Boleyn Bride" before this novel, because "Mary & Elizabeth" felt almost like a natural continuation of where "The Boleyn B ...more
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
Shawna Scott
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[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
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
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
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
Lisa Yarde
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
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
Nov 06, 2011 Kari rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
One of the most intensely dramatic blood bonds within history, told with such deep poignancy and fever as to be remembered!

Elizabeth and Mary. Both daughters to the greatest monarch who ruled over England, and who became divided by the crown and that impassioned rivalry between them. This spectacular novel re-tells Elizabeth’s and Mary’s story from the very beginning – from childhood to adulthood, bringing to life those turbulent changeable times. Beautifully written, vivid and dramatic the Tud
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
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
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
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781847562371

Genre? - Historical / Romance / Drama

Characters? - Mary I / Elizabeth I / Kat Ashley / Philip II of Spain / Robert Dudley / Edward VI / Henry VIII / Jane Grey / Guildford Dudley

Setting? - London, Framlingham & Hatfield (England)

Series? - N/A

Title? - The title comes from the two main characters whose lives are followed - Mary I and Elizabeth I.

Character Analysis? - What is particularly interesting is the descent of Mary into unrequited love, and kind of into madness as sh
There are a lot of books about the Tudor period and doubly so detailing the relationship between Elizabeth and her older sister, 'Bloody' Mary. As one might expect, it is a subject filled with all manner of pitfalls and cliches, which Purdy seems to - for the most part- have avoided.

This is not an especially long book and I remember wishing it was, to really bite into what were very different Queens. I enjoyed the element of miscommunication between the pair and how that fed into their rivalry,
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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
Reasonably accurate and worth a read if you are interested in this period of history. I enjoyed reading from both perspectives which highlighted the differences between the sisters very well. I have never really been a fan of Mary and as a result I did find it hard to find any sympathy for her despite the awful things she went through. Underneath her arrogant pride she was actually a rather foolish woman.

One part which annoyed me a little was the section that described Elizabeth's time with Kath

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
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
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
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  • The Queen's Rival (In the Court of Henry VIII, #3)
  • To Serve a King
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
  • The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr (Ladies in Waiting #2)
  • The Confession of Katherine Howard
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  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • The Thistle and the Rose (Tudor Saga, #8)
  • The King's Damsel (Secrets of the Tudor Court, #5)
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