Thursday, September 18, 2008

A Queenly Title

Today’s Book: First Queen of England: The Myth of “Bloody Mary” by Linda Porter

The Plot: The book begins with King Henry VIII’s struggles to provide England with a male heir. The birth of his daughter Mary was a severe disappointment. Mary’s childhood, her struggles with her stepmother Anne Boleyn, her isolation from her own mother, and the struggle to govern England after her father’s death make for a compelling and well researched story.

Why you’ll love it: Although we all know the basic tale of King Henry VIII and his many wives, Porter writes with an engaging and entertaining style that makes the well known historical events seem suspenseful and certainly intriguing to the reader.

Who Will/Should Read it?: Anyone who is interested in English history or lives of kings and queens will find this book easy to read as well as entertaining. Fans of Showtime’s episodic series “The Tudors” will find much to enjoy here also.


Thanks to MH for this review!

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