Friday, March 13, 2009

Mary, Bloody Mary

Author: Carolyn Meyer

Publisher: Gulliver Books Harcourt Brace & Company

Summary: Imagine. You are Mary Tudor, a beautiful young princess in a grand palace filled with servants. You are accustomed to sparkling jewels, beautiful gowns and lavish parties. Then, suddenly, you are banished by your father, King Henry VIII, to live in a cold, lonely place without money, new clothes, or even your mother.

At first it seems like a terrible mistake. Even when your father has a public and humiliating affair with a bewitching woman, you remain hopeful. But when he abandons your mother, marries his mistress, and has a child with her, you begin to lose faith. And now, dressed in rags, you are summoned back to the palace to be a serving maid to your new baby stepsister.

Review: England and its monarchs are very interesting to learn about. I especially liked reading anything and everything about Elizabeth who was Mary's stepsister. Elizabeth had always seemed like the good one and I was always on her side, hating Mary Tudor. Mary's side of the story is very moving and I've decided that I would hate Elizabeth too if I had gone through the experiences Mary did. It is a fiction piece so some of it must have been exaggerated, but nevertheless it was still shocking to peer into Mary's terrible childhood. I would have opted for suicide even though I believe that to be EXTREMELY bad. Her life pretty much sucked.

Rating: 5/5

You might also like:

1. Queen in Waiting: A Life of "Bloody Mary" Tudor by Georgess McHargue
2. Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary by Jane Buchanan


  1. Have you read the "sequel" Beware, Princess Elizabeth?

  2. Actually, I had no idea there was a sequel. I really like this type of writing so I'll be sure to get it!

  3. i've had this book for years and i still haven't read it glad you liked it, i still don't think it's my kind of book though. i also have the sequel so if you would like to trade just email me my info's on my contact page :D


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