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.
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