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Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary? (Wicked History (Paperback)) Paperback – 1 Sep 2008
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Jane Buchanan is the author of "Gratefully Yours, Hank's Story," and most recently "The Berry-Picking Man," a" Booklist "Editors' Choice. She lives in Greenfield, Massachusetts.
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Here, we get a glimpse into the life of Mary Tudor, nicknamed "Bloody Mary" for the nearly 300 protestants she had burned during her short reign as queen. In fact, the book opens with one such burning, a dramatic way to draw a reader in. However, there was more to her than that and this book tries to give a more balanced look at a much maligned figure. How she went from cherished, pampered daughter to exiled bastard.
These are not intended for history buffs/people highly familiar with the subject. They are more like an expanded, enriched encyclopedia entry. Great for hooking a child's interest, and then literally offering sources at the end of where to go for more information. I was especially impressed that they do not only list scholarly books, but also websites. Overall, a great idea and I intend to continue with the series. Many of the figures I know absolutely nothing about, and a little bit more history would be welcome.
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***Side Note: I like Carolly Erickson, but her books are fiction and should not be used as a source for a supposedly factual book.
Part of the problem is that the book is dated. Anything newer on Queen Mary Tudor would be more accurate than this, as newer historical research has revealed the problems with "Foxes Book of Martyrs," which like much pseudo-history written too close to the time of events, is emotional, error-ridden, and has an axe to grind. Newer, (or better-researched) books on Queen Mary recognize the problem of relying on a book like FBOM for historical reality.
The title is misleading, suggesting that both sides of the controversy are addressed. They are not. The author totally fails to address the "Courageous Queen" in her title, and devotes herself to solely to her attack on the Catholic Queen and the Catholic Church at every opportunity. Lie after lie, misinterpretation after misguided misunderstanding repeat Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary.
Buy this book only if you have a closed mind and want your children to become so also.
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