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 »enounce her Catholicism even if it means losing her future throne to her half-sister Elizabeth, Mary becomes a pawn in the politics of the court, suffering house arrest, near imprisonment and threats of death, only to find herself one day crowned Queen of England.
When her violent policies toward Protestants earn her the enmity of her subjects, Mary finds she must struggle as hard to keep with the throne as she did to acquire it. Wanting only to be a good queen, knowing of the nickname that will outlast her, Mary asks herself how different her life might have been had she not been born in the shadow of the Crown.« less
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.