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Queen of Martyrs: The Story of Mary I (Plantagenet Embers Book 3) Kindle Edition
When these words rang out over England, Mary Tudor thought her troubles were over. She could put her painful past - the loss of her mother and mistreatment at the hands of her father - behind her.
With her accession to the throne, Mary set out to restore Catholicism in England and find the love of a husband that she had long desired. But the tragedies in Mary's life were far from over. How did a gentle, pious woman become known as 'Bloody Mary'?
- ASIN : B01N4UWSZF
- Publication date : April 12, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1608 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: #161,789 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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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.
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The novel runs from the time of Henry 8th marriage to his sixth wife Catherine Parr, until the end of Marys life. Highly recommended.