Mary, Bloody Mary

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Harcourt Brace, 1999 - Juvenile Fiction - 227 pages
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The story of Mary Tudor’s childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Mary’s rights to the throne. Believe it or not, it’s all true. Told in the voice of the young Mary, this novel explores the history and intrigue of the dramatic rule of Henry VIII, his outrageous affair with and marriage to the bewitching Anne Boleyn, and the consequences of that relationship for his firstborn daughter. Carolyn Meyer has written a compassionate historical novel about love and loss, jealousy and fear--and a girl’s struggle with forces far beyond her control.

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Review: Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals #1)

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I still remember reading this book-- this book and the Princess Elizabeth Royal Diaries book are part of the reason why I'm studying Early Modern English history. Meyer did a fantastic job with Mary. Read full review

Review: Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals #1)

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If I could give this book zero stars, I would have. But, I can't. Who would want to read a book about a 12 year old girl getting married?! Like who cares? Who cares about ANY of the stuff in this book. A majority of it is irrelevant. Read full review


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Carolyn Meyer is the acclaimed author of more than fifty books for young people. Her many award-winning novels include Mary, Bloody Mary, an ABA Pick of the Lists, an NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, a New York Times bestseller; White Lilacs, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an NYPL Best Book for the Teen Age, and an IRA Young Adults' Choice; and Marie, Dancing, a BookSense Pick. Ms. Meyer lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Visit her website at

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