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Mary I: England's Catholic Queen (The English Monarchs)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The lifestory of Mary I—daughter of Henry VIII and his Spanish wife, Catherine of Aragon—is often distilled to a few dramatic episodes: her victory over the attempted coup by Lady Jane Grey, the imprisonment of her half-sister Elizabeth, the bloody burning of Protestants, her short marriage to Philip of Spain. This original and deeply researched biography paints a far more ...more
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Yale University Press (first published 2011)
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Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
This academic biography is very strong on foreign affairs and Mary's relationship with the papacy, much less so on Mary the woman. Especially in the last third of the book, I thought Mary the person got lost amid all of the details of international maneuverings. Granted, I'm prejudiced, because as a novelist, it's the personal details I crave.
Steve Donoghue
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-books
A superb biography of a very problematic Tudor ruler! Here's my full review at Open Letters;
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Exceptionally detailed story of the life and times of Mary I (eldest child of Henry VIII) - with heavy emphasis on the connections with various European countries and how they were involved in the succession following the death of Edward VI (only son of Henry VIII). I'd ideally have given this book 3.5 stars as, whilst it goes into incredible detail regarding the various characters involved, it did get a little dry and tedious in places. Recommended if you are particularly interested in how heav ...more
Russell Hall
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
A more Spanish view of this English Monarch, who was indeed half Spanish herself. Much parallels this monarch with her half sister, but the imbalance of years has led her to be vilified compared to her sister. It seems the disagreements between the Catholics and Protestants of the sixteenth century continues down to the twenty-first century.
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Was very dry.
Taylor Kniphfer
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
An interesting and engaging biography of Mary I
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