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This book shows Mary to be strong in will and bold in her actions to gain the crown. It locates her in history as a competent member of an ongoing line of strong European royal women. It opened to me the cut and thrust of the Continental and English conflicts of Queen Mary's life and reign. The excitement of this time, when many risked wealth, position, honour and life itself for power and belief, shouts to you from the pages. Linda Porter uses quotations not merely to support her arguments, but to pull you into the life of those turbulent times; of statesmen, gamblers, would be saints and sinners. You should read this book.