Mary Tudor: England's First Queen

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Bloomsbury, 2010 - Great Britain - 368 pages
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In the summer of 1553, against all odds, Mary Tudor was the first woman to be crowned Queen of England.Anna Whitelock's absorbing debut tells the remarkable story of a woman who was a princess one moment, and a disinherited bastard the next. It tells of her Spanish heritage and the unbreakable bond between Mary and her mother, Katherine of Aragon; of her childhood, adolescence, rivalry with her sister Elizabeth and finally her womanhood. Throughout her life Mary was a fighter, battling to preserve her integrity and her right to hear the Catholic mass. Finally, she fought for the throne. The Mary that emerges from this groundbreaking biography is not the weak-willed failure of traditional narratives, but a complex figure of immense courage, determination and humanity.

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User Review  - Pondlife - LibraryThing

A reasonable if somewhat dry biography of Mary Tudor. Quite easy to read, but didn't contain much information that was new to me. But maybe that's because I'd already read a few books on the Tudors ... Read full review

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User Review  - Meggo - LibraryThing

A perfectly serviceable biography of Mary Tudor, but one that does not bring anything really new to the table. The book is written well and is a quick read, as far as these things go, but it has all been done before, better, by others. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Anna Whitelock gained her PhD in History from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 2004 with a thesis on the court of Mary I. Her articles and book reviews on various aspects of Tudor history have appeared in publications including the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement and BBC History. She has taught at Cambridge University and is now a lecturer in Early Modern History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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