The Myth of "Bloody Mary"

A Biography of Queen Mary I of England

Linda Porter

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In this groundbreaking new biography of “Bloody Mary,” Linda Porter brings to life a queen best remembered for burning hundreds of Protestant heretics at the stake, but whose passion, will, and sophistication have for centuries been overlooked.

Daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, wife of Philip of Spain, and sister of Edward VI, Mary Tudor was a cultured Renaissance princess. A Latin scholar and outstanding musician, her love of fashion was matched only by her zeal for gambling. It is the tragedy of Queen Mary that today, 450 years after her death, she remains the most hated, least understood monarch in English history.

Linda Porter’s pioneering new biography—based on contemporary documents and drawing from recent scholarship—cuts through the myths to reveal the truth about the first queen to rule England in her own right. Mary learned politics in a hard school, and was cruelly treated by her father and bullied by the strongmen of her brother, Edward VI. An audacious coup brought her to the throne, and she needed all her strong will and courage to keep it. Mary made a grand marriage to Philip of Spain, but her attempts to revitalize England at home and abroad were cut short by her premature death at the age of forty-two.  The first popular biography of Mary in thirty years, The First Queen of England offers a fascinating, controversial look at this much-maligned queen.

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THE MYTH OF "BLOODY MARY"
PART ONEThe Tudor Rose 1516-1528Chapter OneDaughter of England, Child of Spain'God send and give good life and long ... unto the excellent Princess Mary'.Proclamation at Mary's christening, 20 February 1516She was the child who survived.The midwinter baby born in the small hours of Monday, 18 February 1516, was bonny enough to dispel any immediate fears for her survival. After a difficult labour, Katherine of Aragon, queen consort of England, must have dared to hope that her prayers for a healthy child had, at last, been answered.

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Praise for The Myth of "Bloody Mary"

“Porter champions her subject with sturdy determination and fixed focus . . . [and] properly accentuates this much-maligned queen’s achievements.” —Kirkus Review

“[An] intelligent, engrossing biography.” —Publishers Weekly

“A richly researched, marvelously realized historical biography.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
“Porter brings clarity to complex issues and paints a vivid portrait of Tudor court life.” —Associated Press (UK)

“This well-researched biography is written in an easy, readable style.” —Record-Courier (Ravenna, Ohio)

“This well-researched biography about “Bloody” Mary is fascinating. I loved the way the author shattered the misconceptions we have of her.” —Women’s Own


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About the Author

Linda Porter

Linda Porter has a Ph.D. in history from the University of York, England.  During a varied career, she has lectured at universities in New York, worked as a journalist, and been a senior adviser on international public relations to a major telecommunications company. She was the winner of the 2004 Biographers Club/Daily Mail prize in England, which launched her on a new career as an author. She is married with one daughter and lives near London.

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The Myth of "Bloody Mary"
A Biography of Queen Mary I of England
Linda Porter

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St. Martin's Press
August 2009
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ISBN: 9781429964265
ISBN10: 142996426X
464 pages, Plus one 16-page b&w photo insert
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
August 2009
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ISBN: 9780312564964
ISBN10: 0312564961
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 464 pages, Includes 8 pages of black-and-white photographs
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