The First Queen of England

The First Queen of England

The Myth of "Bloody Mary"

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Historian Linda Porter brings to life a queen best remembered for burning hundreds of Protestant heretics at the stake, but whose passion, will, and sophistication have for centuries been overlooked. Porter cuts through the myths to reveal the truth about the most hated, least understood monarch in English history. Daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, wife of Philip of Spain, and sister of Edward VI, Mary Tudor was a cultured Renaissance princess. She learned politics in a hard school, cruelly treated by her father and bullied by her brother's strongmen. An audacious coup brought her to the throne, and she needed all her strong will and courage to keep it. Her attempts to revitalize England at home and abroad were cut short by her premature death at the age of forty-two.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312368371
Call Number: BIOGRAPHY
921 MARY
Characteristics: xi, 452 p., [8] p. of plates : ill., map ; 24 cm
Subjects: Mary I, Queen of England, 1516-1558.
Queens -- England -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Kings and rulers -- Biography.
Great Britain -- History -- Mary I, 1553-1558.
Alternative Title: Mary Tudor : the first queen.


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Aug 27, 2015

If you enjoy the Tudor time period, this would be an enjoyable read. I am very interested and Mary Tudor, and really I enjoyed reading this book. It has a lot of information on her life, starting from her birth to after her death, and includes things important as her Spanish marriage, and as minute as the fabric of her clothing. If you're looking for a quick overview, this is not the book for you.

The book is definitely biased, and on several occasions omits information or embellishes the truth in Mary's favor. I would recommend reading additional books, along with this one, to get a broader view on the topic.

do not take this book out it is very boring. but it chose good reserch on our first queen of England:)


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