The passionate Tudor : a novel of Queen Mary I

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New York : Ballantine Books, [2024].
First U.S. edition.
9780593355107, 0593355105


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New York : Ballantine Books, [2024].
First U.S. edition.
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516 pages : genealogical table ; 25 cm
9780593355107, 0593355105


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"Originally published in hardcover in the United Kingdom as Mary I: Queen of Sorrows by Headline Review, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group, a Hachette Company, London." -- Title page verso.
"The New York Times bestselling author of the Six Tudor Queens series explores the dramatic and poignant life of King Henry VIII's daughter-infamously known as Bloody Mary--who ruled England for five violent years. Born from young King Henry's first marriage, his elder daughter, Princess Mary, is raised to be queen once it becomes clear that her mother, Katherine of Aragon, will bear no more surviving children. However, Henry's restless eye has a devastating influence on the young princess's future when he declares her a bastard and his marriage to her mother unlawful. In hopes of a male heir, he marries Anne Boleyn and banishes Katherine and Mary from the royal court. But when Anne too fails to produce a son, she is beheaded and Mary is allowed to return to court as the default heir. At age twenty, she hopes in vain for her own marriage and children, but who will marry her, bastard that she is? Yet Mary eventually triumphs and becomes queen, after first putting down a seventeen-year-old usurper, Lady Jane Grey, and ordering her beheading. Any hopes that as the first female queen to rule Britain Mary will show more compassion are dashed when she embarks on a ruthless campaign to force Catholicism on the English by burning hundreds of Protestants at the stake. But while her brutality will forever earn her the name Bloody Mary, at heart she is an insecure and vulnerable woman, her character forged by the unhappiness of her early years. In Alison Weir's masterful novel, the drama of Mary I's life and five-year reign--from her abusive childhood, marriage, and mysterious pregnancies to the cruelty that marks her legacy--comes to vivid life"--,Provided by publisher.

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