I was shocked by some of the events that occurred in this book There is so much I would like to write up about it that I think I ll forget much of it.
I ll start by saying that I was not able to set this book down I enjoyed it But it also reinforced my opinion that being royalty would truly stink Although watching The Queen while reading this helped fuel this argument even While reading this books I was wrapped up in a bunch of emotions for the characters complete hatred at Anne Boleyn, resentment to Mary s cold father King Henry, sorrow for her mother who I had come to know in Carolyn Meyer s Patience, Princess Catherine A Young Royals Book, and shock at how such a somewhat sweet sounding girl who had so much unfortunates in the early part of her life mainly teen years turned into the queen who killed so many Now I am now going to read Doomed Queen Anne A Young Royals Book, and see if the feelings I have formed through Bloody Mary and other stuff change I am enjoying greatly reading about his point in history Once I finish the other two books by Caroline Meyer about this time, I plan to read Nine Days a Queen The Short Life and Reign of Lady Jane Grey which I looked at a while ago which is about Jane Grey I believe that is the correct name who ruled between Edward and Mary.
Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at wage a personal war against the stereotypes that plague stepfamilies I grew up in one and am now a stepmother in my own right Still, I am big enough to accept that wicked is sometimes an all too accurate description One such example is the case of Mary Tudor and her stepmonster, Anne Boleyn.
Mary was born the beloved daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife, Queen Catherine Their only surviving child, she wanted for nothing She lived a blissful existence, the cherished heir to the throne, until the arrival of Anne Boleyn Mary s father was not known for his fidelity but Anne was unlike any of Henry s previous mistresses Ambitious and cunning, Anne s seduction of England s king set in motion a chain of events that would alter the course of the entire nation Henry s daughter Mary would be one of Anne s most tragic victims As Anne s star rose, Mary s fell She lost her mother, her father, her title, her inheritance and eventually, even her legitimacy was thrown to the wind She was forced into the service of her infant sister, Anne s daughter Elizabeth, and came under fire for her Catholic faith Had Mary been a few years older she may have been spared this fate, protected by an alliance to foreign kingdom A few years younger and she may have been restored to favor before she was considered a spinster Fate, unfortunately, is a fickle mistress My only criticism of Meyer s work is that it focuses less on Mary than it does the impact Anne had on her life While an important aspect, I was disappointed to never get a sense of who Mary actually was Mary, Bloody Mary is a solid if somewhat concise introduction to the early life of Henry s oldest daughter, picking up shortly before Anne s arrival and concluding just after her execution While not the whole story, I admire Meyer s decision to omit the graphic events of Mary s tenure as Queen from the narrative in consideration of the target audience That being said I am firmly against the censure of history and greatly appreciated the appearance of these details in the historic notes Recommended to adolescent readers of Tudor fiction.
Unfortunately, despite having read and loved this as a child, as an adult I believe it has a few good points, but a weak and abrupt ending and sometimes nonsensical writing I will be reading the second book though, and it s certainly got me reminiscing and interested in Tudor historical fiction It even reminds me of when I studied Mary at A level happy times.
Mary is not remembered as being a great Queen, the nickname Bloody Mary should tell you all you need to know regarding her reputation But it s easy to forget, just how terrible her upbringing was This book takes you from Mary as a young child all the way into her twenties, just after the death of Anne Boleyn She had everything stripped from her, her title, her legitimacy and is taken from her mother Forced to wait on her new sister who has taken her place and she also lives in fear that she will be assassinated at any time It s aimed at teenage readers, the book is written in an interesting enough way It would certainly pique your interest in the subject and hopefully prompt you to find out factual information However I feel it does young readers a disservice by missing out key moments and just making things up The story is good enough to avoid this, the facts are exciting than fiction I don t normally mind when historical fiction books take liberties but you can t call a book Mary Bloody Mary and then hardly touch on the religious upheaval that gave Mary such a determination to turn the country back to Rome when she became Queen This was a massive part of her life and was only mentioned once Also Lady Susan is a completely made up person Norfolk didn t have a child called Susan This is something that can quickly be checked online If you are going to make up a character, it really needs to be one thats not related to one so well known And don t even get me started on the talk of marriage to the already married Cromwell This aside, it was an entertaining read and will satisfy a fix for any Tudor fan and would keep the attention of someone who doesn t know much about the subject.
Well, because of blogger I was able to finish this book in almost no time at all I m quite proud of myself On to the reviewAs a baby, Mary was adored by her father, who carried her around on his shoulder and displayed her for the court to admire But as his marriage with her mother, Catherine of Aragon, waned for lack of a male heir, Henry began an affair with the beautiful Anne Boleyn Mary was convinced that Anne was a witch Didn t everyone know she had a sixth finger And wasn t it Anne who persuaded Henry to declare his first marriage invalid As the king grows ever colder, Mary is banished to a distant house, forbidden from seeing her mother, left to wear rags, and finally at Anne s bidding summoned back to court to be a servant to her baby half sister Elizabeth Once there, Mary lives in constant dread that she will be poisoned or sent to the executioner s block in one of her father s rages By the time Anne Boleyn herself is beheaded, Henry s first daughter has become the bitter and angry woman who was to be known as Bloody Queen Mary for her savage religious genocide Carolyn Meyer, long acclaimed for her teen fiction, accurately captures the glitter and grandeur as well as the brutality of this fascinating period in history First Impressions shrugs It was good Nothing special really, it s just a normal historical fiction I wasn t exactly drawn in nor was I turned away Setting I love that whole era when it comes to books It s really interesting to read It always makes me go O.
O Girls got married at 12 to 40 year old men every time Plot shrugs It was good Based on real events I didn t feel any particular love for it.
Writing headdesk This is where it lost a star It just sounds like a fifth grader wrote it I, Mary Princess of Wales, did this to my father, King Henry, who is married to my mother, Queen Catherine from Spain Not only was she constantly mentioning the titles of various lords and ladies and kings and queens every time she talked about them this could be historically correct, so if it is, ignore that comment , but it was very tell ey.
Characters I liked the characters okay I mean, I really had no opinion on this part They weren t horrible or boring, but Mary did get really obnoxious at times.
Rating I m a bit confused about what to give this book It was geared towards 9 12 year old girls and yetthe word bas is used every other page I understand that it was a very common word back then and that it was a big part of the book, but it wasn t really necessary Also, there was a pretty vividly described birth scene Again this book is for 9 year old girls I would never let my younger cousin read this book at that age So, it still has a PG rating, but I don t recommend it for anyone under 12 Recommend it to Historical fiction fans Should you read it You can if you want I m not a huge fan of all historical fiction and I only read this because I was in the mood for a good one However, I didn t find it satisfactory I m probably going to go re read a Dear America book or something.
So, if you re a really big historical fiction fan, you can read it You d probably like it.
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 First sentence Anne was a witch I never doubted it Most people know, or think they know, Bloody Mary The queen of England who killed all the Protestants But, once, she was a young girl As a child, she was doted on by her mother and father, being their only living child Then Anne Boleyn came into the picture, promising to give Mary s father, Henry VIII, the son Mary s mother had not Mary suddenly finds herself a bastard and shunned from court She is separated from her mother and made to wait on her half sister, Elizabeth, like a common servant Her pampered life as princess no longer exists, and she has to beg for the king to even send her money for new clothes It is a lot for a teenage girl to handle.
This book was ok It was a good fictional take on Mary Tudor s early life It did a good job of showing how far she fell after Anne Boleyn s rise to power It is a very heartbreaking story and it makes you very sympathetic to Mary s plight However, these are the only good things about this book.
This book is pretty abysmal when it comes to historical accuracy Names were changed Francis Weston becomes Francis Peacham for some reason and people were in places that the historical record indicates they never were or were, in fact, somewhere totally different at the time view spoiler The romance aspect with Reginald Pole felt very shoe horned in Yes there was talk of Mary marrying Reginald Pole, but it just seems strange that she would be head over heels in love with a man almost 20 years older than her that she had never met hide spoiler This almost received only a 1 star from me Why the exception I love historical fiction I was very interested in learning about Mary, the oldest surviving daughter of King Henry VIII I had seen Carolyn Meyer s books on the shelf at the library and was curious I picked this one up as well as her book on Princess Elizabeth, half sister to Mary I was very disappointed with the overuse of the word bas Yes, after King Henry divorced his loyal and faithful wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary was considered an illegitmate daughter Which is the definition of bas However, just because the term was used frequently and was a common way back then It is not now Now days it is a very offensive term So, why use it so frequently in a book targeted to 9 12 year old girls I was reading this outloud with my daughter She could not even say the word she was so embarassed I just skipped over the word during my turn to read, or left out the sentence I was also disappointed with the description of the birth of Mary s half sister, Elizabeth I quote, Shelton shoved me into a place near the foot of the great bed I was shocked by what I saw There was blood everywhere and Anne s sweat drenched hair spread out on the white pillow like a dark stain, her onyx eyes glazed with pain Tell the king his son is born she shrieked, and with one last heave the baby, slimy with blood, slipped into the world Something so sweet and miraculous should be described as such If I were a 9 year old reading this, I would never want to give birth The image it creates for a young girl, would only create that type of birth for her Even though I wanted to quit reading it, I was curious as to how the rest of the book was Except for those two things, I did think it was an OK book Very interesting Gave the reader an insight into that time period and style of life for Mary, who eventually did become Queen of England.