Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen
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Despite the wealth of information and historical references, this book never made Mary a person to me. The manuscript seemed disjointed, and...more
Very much enjoyed this book- gave me more info on the Tutors- a subject I am quite interested in- and continue to read about- Unlike the more famous Alison Weir- The author tells a story...she does not spend countless pages on minute details like Weir who c...more
Fascinating look at an often dismissed and overlooked monarch. She was the first Queen of England and helped establish...more
She was the first woman to inherit the throne of England, a key player in one of Britain’s stormiest eras, and a leader whose unwavering faith and swift retribution earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.” Now, in this impassioned and absorbing debut, historian Anna Whitelock offers a modern perspective on Mary Tudor and sets the record straight once and for all on one of history’s most compelling and maligned rulers. Though often overshadowed by her long-reigning sister, Elizabeth I, Mary lived a...more
Author Anna Whitelock presents a very sympathetic portrait of Mary. While she...more
Mary was born the beloved daughter of Catherine of Aragon and Henry VIII. She was a princess. In eight short years she was named a bastard and separated from her mother. There begins her journey. She was either villified or loved. She was seen as political toy. Her fortunes rose or fell accorrding to w...more
Still looking for a book on Mary not tinged with heavy bias so I can give her a fair chance.
Generally that leads to me wandering off in search of something else to do. Books should not be work in my opinion. Books should be enjoyable.
I cannot read about any of the key Tudor figures without either identifying with them on some level, or feeling strong emotional engagement with them.
Mary Tudor was a woman who eventually got what she wanted - but it was snatched away from her. She is such a poignant and controversial figure. She...more
Whitelock proves to be a skilled biographer and researcher. She well documents her hard work by using quotes and embedded...more
If you are interested i...more
Whitelock leaves SO much out. She barely touches on how Mary (understandably) refused to acknowledge Elizabeth as princess, and then did not mention at all about how when Anne Boleyn was condemned and Elizabeth bastardized, Mary reached out to her sister in support. She barely touches on Elizabeth's existence until Mary is crowned Queen, despite the fact that they were close.
I had always thought that Elizabeth was the first queen of Englan...more
A King's Wife chapter is heartbreaking. I think another reason why Mary married Philip II was to get cl...more
It portrays Mary as a deeply religious, intelligent person, keen to serve her people. This changed later in her reign under considerable pressure from Prince Philip and Spain. Don't forget women had rarely ruled with this authotity before and it must have been very difficult.
It is clear that Mary would have never fully recovered fro...more
Hope it's not overwhelmingly dry.
Dude, why on earth did Showtime end The Tudors with Henry? You're telling me they couldn't continue it with the amazing story of Bloody Mary and Elizabeth? That's such shit.
I am absolutely amazed at this author. Such detail, and it's not dry and boring. So intensely enjoyable. I would read any other his...more
Though often overshadowed by her long-reigning sister, Elizabeth I, Mary lived a...more