The First Queen of England

The First Queen of England

by M J Porter

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ISBN-13: 9781326931957
Publisher: Lulu.com
Publication date: 01/28/2017
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.43(d)

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First Queen of England 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Neely More than 1 year ago
It's nice to finally see an objective view of Queen Mary! Everything else I've read is always completely biased, always vilifying Mary and glorifying Elizabeth. This book does neither and probably gives us a truer view of history.
Loritt on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Stuck between Henry VIII and Elizabeth, Mary Tudor had little change to make a mark on history, but make a mark she did. "The First Queen of England: The Myth of 'Bloody Mary" is a fascinating book about a shy, retiring woman who, against all odds, became the first woman to rule England on her own.Linda Porter's story turns historical scholarship into fast-paced adventure. The various members of the Tudor privy-counsel come alive on the page with all their self-serving agendas and duplicitous double-dealing. With protecting religious reform as the stated purpose, these men manipulate the dying Edward VI into an attempt to remove Mary from the succession. When they fail, she has no choice but to retain some of them as her own counselors. Whether one agrees with what she did or not, the fact that she managed to marry the man of her choice, undo a number of Henry VIII¿s religious reforms and fend-off multiple challenges to her throne, is a tribute to her character and abilities. Abilities, according to the historical records referenced in the text that were constantly demeaned and disregarded by the very counsels and ambassadors assigned to serve her. When I finished this book I felt that I knew the person of Mary Tudor. I would recommend it to anyone interested in English history, the Tudors in general, or women who manage to overcome the odds.
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dholland08 More than 1 year ago
With The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary" Linda Porter offers a fresh look into the life of Mary the First. She was the queen best-known for her persecution and subsequent burnings of Protestants, but as Porter reveals, there was so much more to Mary Tudor. The daughter of Henry the Eighth and Katherine of Aragon, Mary was a privelaged princess and heir to the English throne during her childhood. When Henry the Eighth set his sights on divorcing Katherine and marrying Anne Boleyn, Mary was declared a bastard, losing her title of princess and seperated from her mother. It was a long, dangerous journey from that time to the time of her father's death, when she was declared second in line for the throne in Henry's will, after her brother Edward the Sixth. During this time period, Mary was bullied to give up her religion and in danger of losing her liberty for sticking with her beliefs. When Mary finally ascended the throne in 1553, it was after a long struggle throughout her life to become the queen she'd been born to be. Linda Porter immerses the reader in 16th century England in this biography of Mary the First. She vividly captures the time period by having numerous primary sources throughout the book and providing great insight into the politics and lifestyle of the time. Most of all she captures the life of Mary, not providing a prejudiced account of her life like so many historians, but rather telling the facts of her accomplishments and short-comings. She shows Mary as the determined, proud woman that she was, deeply reliant on her Catholic faith during her very difficult life but also fond of fashion, entertainment and gambling. Porter shows the great strength Mary the First possessed in being the first female ruler to rule England on her own. Yet she also shows how Mary believed it was her duty to marry so she could provide an heir for England. Mary was a woman who longed to be loved and loved her husband, Philip of Spain, immensely, though he didn't return her affection. After reading The First Queen of England I felt great sympathy for Mary, but I also respected her as a queen who ruled to the best of her ability and could have done much for England, had she not died prematurely in 1558. Throughout the biography, Linda Porter shows how much of the image of "Bloody Mary" comes from Queen Elizabeth the First's reign. Queen Elizabeth was Mary's younger sister and predecessor. Elizabeth blackened Mary's reputation not only by outshining her reign with her own glorious one, but by spreading propaganda against Mary. This book makes it clear that Mary doesn't deserve the bad reputation she's had for 450 years, because in her time persecuting people of other beliefs was a common practice. Mary was no more "bloody" than the other Tudors or rulers of her time. I highly reccommend The First Queen of England: Myth of "Bloody Mary". It is a highly fascinating, meticulously researched biograpy that turns the myth about Mary the First on its head. Definitely read this if you love history and learning about the Tudors.
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