Saturday, September 24, 2011

Mary, Bloody Mary (Young Royals #1) by Carolyn Meyer

Pages:  240
Publishers:  Guilliver Books
Published:  April 1, 2001

The story of Mary Tudor's childhood is a classic fairy tale: A princess who is to inherit the throne of England is separated from her mother; abused by an evil stepmother who has enchanted her father; stripped of her title; and forced to care for her baby stepsister, who inherits Mary's rights to the throne. Believe it or not, it's all true. Told in the voice of the young Mary, this novel explores the history and intrigue of the dramatic rule of Henry VIII, his outrageous affair with and marriage to the bewitching Anne Boleyn, and the consequences of that relationship for his firstborn daughter. 


This first book in the young royal series presents Princess Mary Tudor.  I believe this is where the urban legend of Bloody Mary came from. If any of you readers decide to try calling her up for a ghost story sleepover, then please do the following: wait till dark, always have someone accompany you, bring a candle and place it in front if your face, and say 'bloody Mary' three times. Don't know if it will work but I'm sure it will scare a few of your friends. he he he.

This books tells the story of princess Mary through her eyes at the age of 10.  This starts off with her being betrothed to the king of France. Then it goes to the festival of Yuletide, where she first witnesses her father's fascination with the Lady Anne. As she grows older, she learns along with her mother that her father, the king is trying to get his marriage to Queen Catherine annulled because she had been unable to produce a son for him.  When he sends her mother to an impoverished estate and deems her an illegitimate child, she knows that it is the work of the witch, Anne.

She is then separated from her mother, with orders of not to write or communicate with her. This is a story of love, betrayal, and intrigue. It also gives an insight into he life of the court of King Henry VIII.  I'd give it 5 stars.

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