History is so often written by the ‘victors’ that it can be difficult to view historical figures in their proper perspective. Lucy Worsley, in her latest book, Lady Mary gives teen readers a window into the world of Queen Mary I (the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon).

King Henry VIII’s first child was the Princess Mary who later went on to become ‘Bloody Mary’ as history (perhaps unfairly) remembers her. But Mary was once a girl and what was she like?

Worsley certainly brings her alive for us in Lady Mary – at a time in history when Mary’s father cast her mother aside for the woman he would later have beheaded.

Lady Mary is a fascinating account of Mary’s teens years. It is easy to read and highly recommended for lovers of historical fiction.