22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A little subjective but overall a superb effort!,
This review is from: Mary Tudor: The First Queen (Hardcover)
This is a fresh and uplifting look at Mary's reign. Very easy to read and told as a fast paced piece of narrative rather than a laborious biography.
The only trouble with this book is its sheer lack of objectivity. Mary's religious persecution of Protestants is displayed as a rather casual, everyday past-time instead of the brutal theological legislation that it actually was. No English monarch burned so many people in such a short period-300 in 3 years-and yet Porter seems genuinely surprised that her case study has entered history as 'Bloody' Mary rather than Mary the saint. The fall of Calais is another event which Mary is considered to be non-liable, when it is well known that the fall of England's last bastion on the continent was greeted with uproar in England itself. These points aside, Porter has given us a wonderful book on the first female sovereign of England and brilliantly succeeds in portraying Mary as a woman AND a head of state. Very Good!