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 Another month, another Tudor book for me to share with you!


I know I read a lot of books about this time period, but I can't help it. I am the definition of obsessed when it comes to the Tudor period. I blame sixth grade history class.

I picked up this book about Mary I. It's been on my reading list for a while now and probably the only one about Henry's oldest child that's on there. I don't know why I haven't read anything on her before... maybe because for so long I placed her in the same slot as Katherine of Aragon, who I view as slightly boring. But that's just based on what I have read about her so far, and most of that has been in Anne biographies. Which are obviously going to make her look as boring as possible. Biased.

I've been pleasantly surprised to find out that while Mary definitely shares her mother's view on religion and law (clearly, as history shows) she was also very into gambling and fashion. As sickly and religious as she was, it seems that she did inherit seventy percent of her personality from her father.

Everyone who has researched the Tudors and know anything about Henry's reign, then you would know that Mary was basically ostracized from her father in his mission to marry Anne and to shuck the church of Rome out the window. From my point of view, I only ever read bits and pieces of what was done to her. But to read in detail about it is a lot more eye opening. It's actually pretty crazy how intensely Henry wanted her to obey him. And eventually she did, but the years of neglect and downgrading of her status is incredible.


If you enjoy reading about this time period, I highly suggest you pick this up and give it a read. It's very well researched and not staunchly boring like most historical biographies can be.

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