Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock

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By Anna Whitelock

She used to be the 1st girl to inherit the throne of britain, a key participant in a single of Britain’s stormiest eras, and a pace-setter whose unwavering religion and fast retribution earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.” Now, during this impassioned and soaking up debut, historian Anna Whitelock bargains a latest standpoint on Mary Tudor and units the checklist directly as soon as and for all on considered one of history’s such a lot compelling and maligned rulers.
Though usually overshadowed by means of her long-reigning sister, Elizabeth I, Mary lived a lifestyles choked with defiance, depression, and triumph. Born the daughter of the infamous King Henry VIII and the Spanish Katherine of Aragon, younger Mary was once a princess in each experience of the word—schooled in regal customs, expert through the simplest students, coveted by way of ecu royalty, and betrothed ahead of she had reached the age of 3. but in a decade’s time, within the wake of King Henry’s holiday with the pope, she was once declared a bastard, disinherited, and demoted from “princess” to “lady.” Ever her deeply religious mother’s daughter, Mary refused to simply accept her new prestige or to acknowledge Henry’s new spouse, Anne Boleyn, as queen. The fallout together with her father and his counselors approximately destroyed the teenage Mary, who confronted imprisonment or even death. 

It will be an outright conflict for Mary to paintings herself again into the king’s desire, declare her rightful position within the Tudor line, and finally develop into queen of britain, yet her coronation wouldn't finish her struggles. She flouted the competition and married Philip of Spain, sought to revive Catholicism to the kingdom, and fiercely punished the resistance. yet underneath her courageous and regal external was once a based girl vulnerable to nervousness, whose deepest traumas of phantom pregnancies, debilitating health problems, and unrequited love performed out within the public glare of the fickle court. 
Anna Whitelock, an acclaimed younger British historian, chronicles this targeted woman’s lifestyles from her beginnings as a heralded princess to her contention together with her sister to her ascent as ruler. In fabulous aspect, Whitelock finds that Mary Tudor was once no longer the weak-willed failure as so frequently rendered through conventional narratives yet a fancy determine of vast braveness, decision, and humanity.

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The woman who emerges is a complex figure of immense courage and resolve, her dramatic life unfolding in the shadow of the great sixteenth-century struggle for power in Europe. PART ONE A King’s Daughter CHAPTER 1 PRINCESS OF ENGLAND MARY, THE DAUGHTER OF KING HENRY VIII AND KATHERINE OF Aragon, was born at four in the morning of Monday, February 18, 1516, at Placentia, the royal palace at Greenwich, on the banks of the Thames River in London. Three days later, the nobility of England gathered at the royal apartments to form a guard of honor as the baby emerged from the queen’s chamber in the arms of Katherine’s devoted friend and lady-in-waiting, Elizabeth Howard, countess of Surrey.

She had received only a meager schooling as a child and had later taught herself to read Latin while campaigning. Along with learning the “female arts” of dancing, music, needlework, and embroidery, Katherine learned the works of the Latin Fathers of the Church—Ambrose, Augustine, Gregory, and Jerome—and those of the Latin Christian poets. But whereas her brother, Juan, was educated to rule, Katherine and her sisters were expected to cement foreign policy alliances as the wives of European princes.

As Lachaulx reported to Charles, “Indeed, sire, she showed unbelievable grace and skill and such self-command as a woman of twenty might envy. ”14 It was exactly the response that Katherine had hoped for. 15 The marriage of her daughter to her nephew was a prospect that Katherine relished. ”16 ON MAY 26, CHARLES returned to England to celebrate the signing of the new treaty and his betrothal to Mary. He was met at Dover by Wolsey and a train of noblemen and conducted to Canterbury, where the king greeted him.

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