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A striking and sympathetic portrait of England's first Queen, Mary I - whose character has been vilified for over 400 years. Instead of the bloodthirsty bigot of Protestant mythology, Mary Tudor emerges from the pages of this deeply-researched biography as a cultured renaissance princess, a courageous survivor of the violent power struggles that characterised the reigns of her father, Henry VIII, and brother Edward VI. The author does not belittle Mary's burning of heretics, which earned her the subriquet 'Bloody Mary', but she also had many endearing personal qualities and talents, not least the courage of leadership she showed in facing down Northumberland's rebellion. A well-balanced and readable biography of Mary I is long overdue.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749909826
ISBN-10: 074990982X
Format: Paperback
(142mm x 199mm x 31mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 5-Feb-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Linda Porter

Linda Porter has a D. Phil in history from the University of York. She has worked in both the academic and corporate worlds before returning to her roots as an historian. The winner of the 2004 Daily Mail/Biographers Club prize, she is now an independent historian and reviewer. She lives in Kent.

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