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Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I (Plantagenet Embers Book 3) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B01N4UWSZF
- Publication date : April 12, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 4264 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #254,166 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I liked the idea that the author put in the friendship with Katherine Parr that I had read in biographies so that was a plus. However, the strange spelling of Katherine (which in all my reading of historical novels and biographies was never spelled that way) was someone jarring though I suspect this was done because Henry VIII (and hence Mary) had so many Katherines in their lives.
I felt sorry for both Mary and Lady Jane Grey but I have never understood why others in the overthrow/coup were pardoned but Jane had to die. Yes, I know it was part of Philip of Spain's conditions of marriage but if Mary would have acted on ruling about Jane before negiotiations for her marriage were began, she could have kept Jane a prisoner for several years (like Henry II did his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine) and Jane would have become a martyr and Mary might not have such an evil reputation.
This book does a good job of showing the reader that Mary I was much more than Bloody Mary as history has proclaimed her.
With that said, Samantha has written an amazing novel. She just got carried away with feeling sorry for her protagonist. She even believes Mary was justified in burning a baby.
This book is a bit hard to read at times as it does show things from Mary's perspective. The author is Protestant so I am impressed at her ability to understand this mindset.
Many today believe Mary's actions were justified given how Anne Boleyn treated her. As a supporter of Anne, while I don't condone her treatment of Mary, it is unfair and unfortunate that it is now being held up as the clincher for her entire moral character. It's also somewhat troubling. How is a woman who ordered a pregnant woman burnt worthy of anything other than disdain?!
I recommend the book. I just can't really get my head around the modern pro Mary Tudor trend at all when Elizabeth I, Mary II, Anne, and even Victoria accomplished so much more. Even if Mary was England's first queen regnant if you exclude Matilda, first isn't always best.
Mary's childhood does not make up for the burnings and her utter failure as a monarch, wife, sister and queen. Elizabeth had a similar childhood but rose above it. You can rise above your past. Mary I of England just chose not to.
Like everyone else I too called her Bloody Mary without understanding.
Top reviews from other countries
The novel runs from the time of Henry 8th marriage to his sixth wife Catherine Parr, until the end of Marys life. Highly recommended.