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Mary, Bloody Mary
Carolyn Meyer
Historical Fiction (Series)
Ages 12 and up
Harcourt Inc., 1999, 0-15-216456-1
Soon after Mary's death, she was given the name "Bloody Mary" and her reputation has been sullied ever since. Carolyn Meyer has succeeded in this disturbing nvel, to show the reader that there was another side to Mary. She was not just a fanatically religious and harsh queen. Before she even came to the throne, Mary was a child whose father cast her off. For many years she suffered dreadful indignities and privations. After the marriage between her parents was annulled, Mary was deprived of her title as Princess of Wales and was expected to answer to the title of "Lady Mary." Mary's stepmother, the unpredictable and often cruel, Anne Boleyn, went out of her way to make Mary's life a misery. After the birth of Princess Elizabeth, Mary was given the job of taking care of the baby, including being expected to change Elizabeth's filthy diapers. Mary was not allowed to see or write to her mother and there were long periods of time when she feared for her life. It is not surprising that Mary turned inwards and relied heavily on her faith to get her through these dreadful years.  Carolyn Meyer shows us how, over time, Mary developed a deep hatred of Anne Boleyn and of what she considered to be"heresy" any kind. Mary was truly shaped, even twisted, by the events in her childhood and young adulthood. Carefully researched, this book gives the reader an exceptional picture of the times of Henry VIII, and the danger that existed in his court. One of the "Young Royals" books.

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