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Mary Tudor: England's First Queen
 
 
Author
Anna Whitelock.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1 inches
ISBN 9781408800782
Pages/Publication Date 368/2009
Daedalus Item Code 32624
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(A Sunday Times and Financial Times Best Book of the Year, shortlisted for Britain's First Biography Prize) 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 rigid Catholicism and swift retribution earned her the nickname "Bloody Mary." And yet, as historian Anne Whitelock portrays her in this impressive debut, Mary Tudor was less a fanatic than she was a survivor. Beginning life as a princess and a beloved only child, Mary was disinherited by her father Henry VIII in his quest for a male heir. She battled to win back the king's favor and reclaim her rightful place in the Tudor line, and ultimately succeeded her Protestant brother Edward VI, trumping her sister Elizabeth to become queen of England.

"Queen Mary Tudor of England (who reigned from 1553 to 1558) will forever live in history as "Bloody Mary," for the number of Protestants put to the flames during the reign of this unbendingly Catholic monarch.... Her fight to achieve the throne as Edward's rightful heir is seen here as showcasing in full color Mary's mettle: 'her triumph over the other contestants to the throne was one of the most surprising events of the sixteenth century.' The author sees survivalism in her subject, where other historians have seen only inflexibility and self-righteousness."Booklist

 
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