The Myth of "Bloody Mary": A Biography of Queen Mary I of England

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St. Martin's Press, Aug 4, 2009 - History - 464 pages
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In this groundbreaking new biography of "Bloody Mary," Linda Porter brings to life a queen best remembered for burning hundreds of Protestant heretics at the stake, but whose passion, will, and sophistication have for centuries been overlooked.

Daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, wife of Philip of Spain, and sister of Edward VI, Mary Tudor was a cultured Renaissance princess. A Latin scholar and outstanding musician, her love of fashion was matched only by her zeal for gambling. It is the tragedy of Queen Mary that today, 450 years after her death, she remains the most hated, least understood monarch in English history.

Linda Porter's pioneering new biography—based on contemporary documents and drawing from recent scholarship—cuts through the myths to reveal the truth about the first queen to rule England in her own right. Mary learned politics in a hard school, and was cruelly treated by her father and bullied by the strongmen of her brother, Edward VI. An audacious coup brought her to the throne, and she needed all her strong will and courage to keep it. Mary made a grand marriage to Philip of Spain, but her attempts to revitalize England at home and abroad were cut short by her premature death at the age of forty-two. The first popular biography of Mary in thirty years, The First Queen of England offers a fascinating, controversial look at this much-maligned queen.

 

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User Review  - mallinje - LibraryThing

I can't say that I have any sympathy for Mary after reading this book, but I still enjoyed it. It tells how Mary was betrayed by her father, not defended by her mother, and essentially abandoned by ... Read full review

THE FIRST QUEEN OF ENGLAND: The Myth of "Bloody Mary"

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Brisk, learned reassessment of Mary Tudor, whose short reign featured beheadings and burnings, but also political and social reforms for which she has never received proper credit.A former university ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
Chapter Two The Education of a Princess
Chapter Three The Queen and the Concubine
Chapter Four Mary Abased
Chapter Five The Quiet Years
Chapter Six The Defiant Sister
Chapter Seven Mary Triumphant
PART FOUR The Queen Without a King
Chapter Eleven Mary Alone
Chapter Twelve Triumph and Disaster
Epilogue
A note on monetary equivalents
Notes

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About the author (2009)

Linda Porter has a Ph.D. in history from the University of York, England. During a varied career, she has lectured at universities in New York, worked as a journalist, and been a senior adviser on international public relations to a major telecommunications company. She was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club/Daily Mail prize in England, which launched her on a new career as an author. She is married with one daughter and lives near London.

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