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.
From the Publisher…
‘A great test is coming, my love … You will be stretched until you think you might break in two.’
Mary Tudor’s world is turned upside-down when her father, Henry the Eighth, declares his marriage to her mother is over and that Mary isn’t really his child. How can he do such a thing? Banished from court and separated from her beloved mother, Mary realises her family will never be as she hoped.
Alone for the first time in her life, Mary must fight for what is rightfully hers. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. It is in her blood. But without her fierce mother by her side, will Mary find the strength? Is there anyone Mary can trust? And how will she survive?
Popular historian Lucy Worsley tells the thrilling, dramatic and touching story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce as you’ve never heard it before.
My thanks to Bloomsbury Publishing and NetGalley for a copy to read and review.