Mary, Bloody Mary
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This book takes you from Mary as a young child all the way into her twenties, just after the death of Anne Boleyn. She had everything stripped from her, her title, her legitimacy and is taken from her mother. Forced to wait on her new sister who has taken her place and she also lives in fear that she will be assassinated at any time.
It's aimed at teenage readers, the book is written in an interesting enough way. It would certainly pique your interest in the subject and hopefully prompt you to find out more factual information.
However I feel it does young readers a disservice by missing out key moments and just making things up. The story is good enough to avoid this, the facts are more exciting than fiction!
I don't normally mind when historical fiction books take liberties but you can't call a book 'Mary Bloody Mary' and then hardly touch on the religious upheaval that gave Mary such a determination to turn the country back to Rome when she became Queen. This was a massive part of her life and was only mentioned once.
Also Lady Susan is a completely made up person. Norfolk didn't have a child called Susan. This is something that can quickly be checked online. If you are going to make up a character, it really needs to be one thats not related to one so well known. And don't even get me started on the talk of marriage to the already married Cromwell!
This aside, it was an entertaining read and will satisfy a fix for any Tudor fan and would keep the attention of someone who doesn't know much about the subject.
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Having said that, this was a pretty light read - apparently a Young Reader book (although it was never mentioned on the book itself) and I read it quite quickly.
I will reserve it for another occasion, maybe the next Royal Sweepstake...
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