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In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England)
In the Shadow of the Crown - Queens of England
Author: Jean Plaidy
Daughter of the notorious Henry VIII, Mary Tudor comes to life in this fascinating and revealing work by Britain's premier historical novelist. — Mary's future as heir to the throne seems assured -- until the King falls in love with Anne Boleyn, divorcing Mary's mother and thus precipitating England's break with the Church of Rome. — Refusing to d...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780399134296
ISBN-10: 0399134298
Publication Date: 2/20/1989
Pages: 379
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Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T)
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio Cassette
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This is the story of Mary, firstborn daughter of King Henry VIII told by Plaidy in the voice of this tragic woman. Born to Katharine of Aragon and Henry VIII, she enjoys her father's affection, his scorn when he declares the marriage invalid and his daughter a bastard, and finally his affection again when she does what she must to please him and save her life. She believes that she has a greater purpose in life - to bring back the Catholic church to England. Her father's frail son, Edward, is king for a short time, leaving the crown to Mary whose tender heart and lack of political finesse make her life difficult indeed. She marries Philip of Spain, love at last she believes only to discover that for him it was an arranged marriage. This is a sad tale well written by an author I had not yet read till this book.
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Wonderful historical fiction account of the life of Mary Tudor. She really had a hard life growing up and really made me feel sorry for her, and I have come to if not appreciate then understand why she acted the way she acted. Highly recommended, especially if you like stories about the Tudor family.


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