- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3063 KB
- Print Length: 416 pages
- Publisher: Amberley Publishing (19 Jan. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00700BODK
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
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Mary Tudor Kindle Edition
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The author, David Loades, nicely blends the early life of Mary into the story of Henry XVIII and blends the end of her life into the story of Elizabeth, clarifying the continuity of history and the causes and consequences of Mary's actions as queen. He does not attempt any fancy psychological analysis and appears to be neutral in his evaluation of Mary's persecution of protestants.
I wished there had been more medical insight (from contemporary, that is, today's knowledge) into Mary's pregnancy problems. Everyone speculates about them, but I think Loades would be a good person to try to unravel the truth.
A time line of wars and other major political events would have helped me keep things straight — no doubt others are better versed in European history.
"Mary Tudor" is very readable. It is not novelistic but so full of factual materials and so smoothly constructed that it is a pleasure to read.
Loades uses an interesting structure in which he ends each chapter with a quote from a contemporaneous document that illustrates the points he has made. These documents are strikingly vivid and present real events in the real voice of a person who knew (or believe he/she knew) what happened.
Every point Loades makes is referenced to a source and he debunks some commonly repeated errors (that Ann Boleyn hated Mary, for example, and that Catherine, Mary's mother, was forced to live in poverty and denied proper medical care.)
Especially appreciated loades restraint from conjecture in absence of evidence. Even so, Mary Tudor emerges as a full person.
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