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Mary Tudor "Bloody Mary"

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The first reigning Queen of England, Mary Tudor believed fervently that Catholicism should be the religion of the land, leading her to burn at the stake hundreds of Protestants. Was she just a ruler of her times, or did she deserve the name, Bloody Mary?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who, fueled by her faith, created a religious firestorm.

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The first reigning Queen of England, Mary Tudor believed fervently that Catholicism should be the religion of the land, leading her to burn at the stake hundreds of Protestants. Was she just a ruler of her times, or did she deserve the name, Bloody Mary?

Gorgeous illustrations and an intelligent, evocative story bring to life a real dastardly dame who, fueled by her faith, created a religious firestorm.

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Children's Literature - Nancy Garhan Attebury
The voice of "Bloody Mary" seems to say, "Burn him at the stake," in the excellent introductory page of this gripping book from "The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames" series. Mary's life as a happy daughter of Henry VIII and her beloved mother Catherine of Aragon changes rapidly from a life of leisure to one of displeasure when she is forced, at the young age of 17, to give up her role as princess and become a servant to Elizabeth, her half sister. Much of the controversy of the time centers on the friction between the Catholic Church and the Protestants. When finally forced to renounce her own beliefs, Mary once again gains favor with her father. Later, upon the death of the King, she becomes Queen. Trouble stills covers the country and Mary is forced to kill many Protestants in an attempt to keep England a Catholic country. In the end, she becomes known as "Bloody Mary" for her brutal burnings and slayings of those with beliefs different than hers. This well-researched book flows well and keeps the reader turning pages. An abundance of extra sidebars, pictures, a map, and a timeline adds to the overall success of helping readers understand the time period. The complete presentation makes this book a must-have as a supplement to history lessons for boys as well as girls. Reviewer: Nancy Garhan Attebury
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Gretchen Maurer’s writing has been published in Frances Mayes’ The Discovery of Poetry and in the anthology, A Cup of Comfort for Mothers To Be. She co-wrote the screenplay for ALMA, a 2007 short film that has screened in twenty-two festivals and won multiple awards. Her children’s story, “It’s Raining Pistachios!”, appeared in the August 2010 issue of Highlights for Children magazine. She lives in Northern California with her family.

Peter Malone has illustrated over twenty children’s books for such publishers as Chronicle, Knopf, Putnam, Running Press, and Scholastic. In addition to creating gorgeous illustrations, he wrote the book, Close to the Wind, about the use of the Beaufort scale for measuring wind force at sea. School Library Journal called it “informative and utterly charming.” He lives in Bath, England, with his wife, a restorer of paintings, and their two grown daughters.

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