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Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals #1)

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Meyer crafts a gripping rags-to-riches account of the tumultuous childhood of Mary Tudor, the princess who became a servant in her own home.
Hardcover, 227 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Turtleback Books (first published August 2nd 1999)
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Aug 13, 2008 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
I made it about 100 pages into this one, and then had to put it down. It reads like a 5th grade biography report, when the students have to dress as the person they research and tell you about "their" lives. It was all, "I'm Mary and I did this and then I thought that and this was good and Anne was a witch and then I learned Latin and then! Then I had the sweating illness!"

And then I, Sarah Gransee, put the book down and started something else.
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I wage a personal war against the stereotypes that plague stepfamilies. I grew up in one and am now a stepmother in my own right. Still, I am big enough to accept that ‘wicked’ is sometimes an all too accurate description. One such example is the case of Mary Tudor and her stepmonster, Anne Boleyn.

Mary was born the beloved daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine. Their only survivin
Oct 16, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
When I was a very young girl in grade school, I was in the library scanning my fingers across the titles as I walked down aisle after aisle of bookshelves. I stopped at this title, because I knew Bloody Mary as that game you played at slumber parties where everyone goes into the bathroom, shuts the door, and chants Bloody Mary in hopes of getting scared. Little did I know that Bloody Mary was the nickname of Princess Mary Tudor, and as I read the book, I had yet to realize that the Princess was ...more
May 12, 2011 Qui rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NOT 9-11 year old girls.
Recommended to Qui by: Your mom.
Shelves: 2011
Well, because of blogger I was able to finish this book in almost no time at all. I'm quite proud of myself.
On to the review!

"As a baby, Mary was adored by her father, who carried her around on his shoulder and displayed her for the court to admire. But as his marriage with her mother, Catherine of Aragon, waned for lack of a male heir, Henry began an affair with the beautiful Anne Boleyn. Mary was convinced that Anne was a witch. Didn't everyone know she had a sixth finger? And wasn't it Anne
First sentence: "Anne was a witch; I never doubted it."

Most people know, or think they know, Bloody Mary. The queen of England who killed all the Protestants. But, once, she was a young girl. As a child, she was doted on by her mother and father, being their only living child. Then Anne Boleyn came into the picture, promising to give Mary's father, Henry VIII, the son Mary's mother had not. Mary suddenly finds herself a bastard and shunned from court. She is separated from her mother and made to
Emily Farrar
Apr 27, 2009 Emily Farrar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was shocked by some of the events that occurred in this book. There is so much I would like to write up about it that I think I’ll forget much of it.
I’ll start by saying that I was not able to set this book down. I enjoyed it. But it also reinforced my opinion that being royalty would truly stink. Although watching The Queen while reading this helped fuel this argument even more.
While reading this books I was wrapped up in a bunch of emotions for the characters: complete hatred at Anne Boleyn
Feb 10, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not young girls.
Recommended to Erin by: Found it on a shelf at the Library.
This almost received only a 1 star from me. Why the exception? I love historical fiction. I was very interested in learning more about Mary, the oldest surviving daughter of King Henry VIII. I had seen Carolyn Meyer's books on the shelf at the library and was curious. I picked this one up as well as her book on Princess Elizabeth, half sister to Mary.

I was very disappointed with the overuse of the word bas____. Yes, after King Henry divorced his loyal and faithful wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mar
Oct 02, 2011 Saniya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: borrowed
I, who hates history like Tom hates Jerry, actually enjoyed this book.

I hate the style of writing, the names of kings and I guess, EVERYTHING, in 'History' type books. But I think this book was the only exception.
Not that I got fooled by the cover, name and plot of the book..... Okay, I admit, I just read this book because of those things, but it was really an interesting book to read and like.

And OMG! The Tudor TV show was like, really good! =D The characters in this book are the same as shown
♥ Marlene♥
Many years ago I was very active on bookcrossing and Bookobsessed. Sites where you shared your book and the reviews I wrote were mostly like friendly letters. I did warn you.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Thank you so much Megi! It just arrived 2 minutes ago. You know that it is scary to open packages around Christmas, but because I remembered you telling me you were planning to send me 2 RABCKs somebodies and nobodies and this book, I took the chance.
Really happy with this book.

I do need to rea
Oct 13, 2015 Brennaf rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The title of my book is Mary, Bloody Mary, written by Carolyn Meyer. This story is an informational and riveting historical fiction. I think that the the theme or message that is being portrayed is to no matter what persevere, and to put on a brave face no matter how difficult it may seem. This story took place in the 1500's in London, and in the outskirts of London. Most of this story takes place in beautiful homes in the country or in the rustle and bustle of London's finest castles and estate ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Saundra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of the childhood and adolescence of Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Meyer does an excellent job of recreating the historical setting of England in the 1500’s, describing settings and attire and many other aspects of royal and peasant life in those times. The history is so entwined in the story that the historical aspects are not conspicuous, which is enjoyable and keeps the reader feeling like they are reading an enjoyable story, not a history l ...more
Chapter book - historical fiction
Young Reader's Choice Award Winner, Intermediate Division
For middle school & up

Mary, first daughter of Henry VIII, tells her story, from age ten to twenty, as she observes from afar her mother's removal from the throne and the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn.

Meyer accomplishes two impressive tasks in this book, giving the reader an insight into the formation of Mary's character and managing to encapsulate a tumultuous period of Tudor history for young teens. Thr
Athena Ninlil
I read this book on my first year of college and it brings so many good memories. It was my first book on Mary that got me really hooked and renewed my interest in her family. There is a clever foreshadowing at the end where Chapuys tells her Elizabeth will be her rival and she refuses to believe this and embraces her little sister. Mary had a tough life, she was the pearl of her father's world one day then suddenly she found herself unwanted and cast off. At first you feel a bit frustrated. Why ...more
Jaime Fields
Apr 22, 2016 Jaime Fields rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy most historical fiction, and this one was particularly well done. I liked the first person telling and learning more from the perspective of a person who is mostly portrayed simply as heartless and evil. This was an interesting story and I am going to read the rest in the series as soon as I can. Mary is a fascinating person and I may read more books on her as well. Honestly, I learn more about history from these types of books than from school.
May 02, 2011 Lynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teens, history buffs,
Wonderful teen book on the young life of Mary Tudor or Mary I. I was so absorbed in the book, I read it in a day. Mary, the first child of Henry VIII, lives a charmed childhood until her father decides that he will not have a male child with her mother, Catherine of Aragon. He becomes convinced that Anne Boleyn is the woman who will get that done. He fights for years for a divorce, rejecting his first wife and calling his daughter a bastard. Mary goes from being Princess of Wales to being a serv ...more
Michelle {Book Hangovers}
I've recently became super intrigued with The Tudors and the Young Royals, wives of Henry VIII and all of his mistresses, children and illegitimate children. I've had this book in my bookcase for a while now, totally forgotten until a good friend mentioned it. Now she has lit a spark, my interest burning for more knowledge.
This book was a short yet interesting look at Henry VIII's daughter, Mary Tudor. It was gripping and intense enough to often leave me teary eyed. My heart definitely went out
Madyson Eaton
Mar 19, 2014 Madyson Eaton rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give this book zero stars, I would have. But, I can't. Who would want to read a book about a 12 year old girl getting married?! Like who cares? Who cares about ANY of the stuff in this book. A majority of it is irrelevant.
Kelcey Murdoch
Oct 20, 2015 Kelcey Murdoch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book in high school, just to read it and still like it!
Tracy Gomez
Jan 20, 2016 Tracy Gomez rated it really liked it
The book, "Mary, Bloody Mary", was a really good book. My favorite part of the book was when she has to move away from her mother and all the emotional, sad, and exciting things happen from there. I recommend this book who like emotional, princess, and royalty books. Another part that I like about it is the part that I did not expect to happen which is when she comes from crown princess to palace servant. Even though she does or does not become queen.
Jul 17, 2015 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WOW. So yeah. I can't believe the hatred I am harboring for this long dead monarch. Henry the 8th went from being pretty religious and a good king to a murderer! I mean this man didn't have any problem sending people to their death. I have to say I never felt sorry for Anne, but I did feel sorry for the 5 men that were most likely innocent. I don't think she was a witch despite the rumors. I was shocked to find out that Moore and Cromwell were both killed. It seems that anyone who worked with or ...more
Oct 19, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I still remember reading this book-- this book and the Princess Elizabeth Royal Diaries book are part of the reason why I'm studying Early Modern English history. Meyer did a fantastic job with Mary.
Carrie Slager
Feb 14, 2014 Carrie Slager rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
Mary Tudor has a bad reputation—quite deservedly so—but in the end she is the product of her upbringing. Her extremely devout Catholicism, her fall from her father’s favour and the people she grew up around made for a potent mix once she finally ascended the throne. Mary, Bloody Mary tells the story of her childhood at hints at the Queen she would become.

Since Carolyn Meyer tells the story of Mary’s youth, before she started persecuting ‘heretics’, she is a very sympathetic character. Readers wi
Dec 11, 2014 Ashantiw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book Mary,Bloody Mary is a very book.The main reason why I chose to read this
book was because the title seemed very interesting and Mysterious.When I started reading I found out that this book was very interesting and Mysterious.I think that the setting makes the story so Mysterious and the characteristics and the plot makes the story so interesting,it makes you want to read more.These are some of the reasons I chose this book.

The characters in this story makes you wonder why they are do
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Even though its target audience is young adult it isn't written in a patronising way and I feel people of any age, especially with an interest in the Tudors, would enjoy it. It tells the story of the young Mary Tudor and how her life changed when Henry VIII divorced Catherine of Aragon. Instead of the political and religious views you tend to get when this story is related, here you have a young girl who sees her father turn against her, who is separated from her ...more
this book proves how obsessed the tudors were with becoming king/queen.they wanted power,power,and.........more power!seriously?they could live a nice simple life but they themselves crapped it up to elevate their status in a worthless society of proud nobles who were too full of themselves.although i did like the way the book was written.
this book brought a very troubling new perspective on the already morally complicated tudor family. Queen Mary Tudor is remembered as "bloody mary" for sending hundreds of protestants to burn at the stake as heretics. But her reign was no more bloody as that of her fathers or his father before him, in addition her father forced her to be a servant for her half sister after being a princess her whole life. Carolyn meyer made such a one dimensionally hated character like bloody mary an incredibly ...more
Nice book! I love Carolyn Meyer's work! This book really gives insight on the young life of Mary Tudor. I think of her in a different way after this book. Everything's usually pretty biased about her, but after reading this it shed some light on her true personality and what will make her so hateful in the future.
Feb 16, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who are interested in the fascinating time of Henry VIII and his daughters... Court life.
#1 in the series, great suspicious start!
Mary I of England..the bloody Mary... and all her interesting tales and the bloody rumours of Court. Sister to Elizabeth I, this is a fascinating tale of her fear of Elizabeth I.. and that she might lose her throne.
Feb 05, 2014 AyaY rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: form-i
In Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer the authors main idea is that power can be taken away in a blink of an eye. This book takes place in the 1500s in England when Mary Tudor is the next royal to inherit the crown of England. Mary tells the story of how in one month her father goes from loving her and she being the next queen of England to loosing the crown, the kings loving, and her privilege to communicate with her mother. Her own half-sister, daughter of the wicked woman who was believed to ...more
Kiyanna Jackson
Jan 02, 2016 Kiyanna Jackson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Carolyn Meyer is as versatile a writer as you will find. Along with historical fiction and realistic novels for young adults she has written nonfiction for young adults and books for younger readers on topics as diverse as the Amish, the Irish, Japanese, Yup'ik Eskimos, a rock band, rock tumbling, bread baking, and coconuts. And ten of her books have been chosen as Best Books for Young Adults by t ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Young Royals (7 books)
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  • Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals, #3)
  • Patience, Princess Catherine (Young Royals, #4)
  • Duchessina: A Novel of Catherine de' Medici (Young Royals, #5)
  • The Bad Queen: Rules and Instructions for Marie-Antoinette (Young Royals, #6)
  • The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary Queen of Scots (Young Royals, #7)

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