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Bloody Mary's Martyrs: The story of England's Terror Paperback – 29 Aug 2002

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Robinson; New Ed edition (29 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841195359
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841195353
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 870,536 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Ridley tells the story of England's Terror with verve, lucidly explaining the trial procedures...' -- Sunday Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The history of England's reign of terror

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. PFE Hammond on 5 Jan. 2004
Format: Paperback
The title alone tells us the view that Jasper Ridley is going to take and he sticks to it rigidly throughout. He does not explore less condemming, more contemporary ideas of Mary I that have been cultivated by historians more recently. This is not to say that the book was not very enjoyable - it was. It is particually perfect for those with a morbid fascination with horrible executions (such as myself) as it is very morbidly fascinating and rather gruesome in parts, with vivid descriptions of heretics legs being burned off! I read the book for university which does not usually equal reading for pleasure - "Bloody Mary's Maryrs" however was very enjoyable in a rather unpleasant way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lamb on 16 April 2013
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When I ordered this book I expected it to be very against Mary Tudor and really running her down so I was surprised when I started reading this book. The book obviously mentions Mary but the focus is mainly on the people around her and the poor people who were executed. The author of this book, in my opinion, tried to not be against Mary in a extreme way but neither shy away from what happened in her time - and to show how other people were involved in the punishment of getting people to admit their crimes.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sweed basher - historian on 6 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book catalogues the last gasp of the old Roman faith, and its barbarism in regaining and retaining power; together with Mary's use terror and intimidation to suppress her own subjects who clung to the reformed faith. There had been no persecution of Roman Catholics under Edward VI, yet that was not the case when the opposing forces of Rome were in power. The dreadful treatment of ordinary men and women who were denounced to the state is pitiful - from women turned in by their husbands, to new born babies thrown into the flames. The treatment of some of the reformed bishops was appalling; particularly the unyielding malice for the 60 year old Cranmer; who, even after he had recanted due to brainwashing and bullying, was to be burnt is particularly shocking - as his last moment return to his conscience is heartening. At the same time, this is not a polemic against papism, and the excesses are not blamed in a blanket way on all Catholics, but on those exponents of cruelty. Indeed Ridley is very fair to some, such as Bonner, who were later reviled by Protestants.
The book itself is written in a style that at times reads too much like a list, with too little narrative for these facts to be hung on. This is in part due to the nature of the subject - it is not a history of Marys reign, but of the people she killed for their faith - all 283 of them.
Catholic apologists have in recent years tried to bombard us with a message that Elizabeth killed far more for their faith, that this somehow excuses the state terror under Mary: but this is not so; Elizabeth imposed fines on recusants (refuser's) from the Anglican Church, not execution. It was those convicted of civil crimes, such as attempted assassins and those who were, or aided, the illegal foreign extremists, the Jesuits, that were executed.
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