Judith M. Richards
- Title: Mary Tudor
- Author: Judith M. Richards
- ISBN: 9780415327213
- Page: 127
- Format: Paperback
Mary Tudor is often written off as a hopeless, twisted queen who tried desperately to pull England back to the Catholic Church that was so dear to her mother, and sent many to burn at the stake in the process In this radical re evaluation of the first real English queen regnant, Judith M Richards challenges her reputation as Bloody Mary of popular historical infamy,Mary Tudor is often written off as a hopeless, twisted queen who tried desperately to pull England back to the Catholic Church that was so dear to her mother, and sent many to burn at the stake in the process In this radical re evaluation of the first real English queen regnant, Judith M Richards challenges her reputation as Bloody Mary of popular historical infamy, contending that she was closer to the innovative, humanist side of the Catholic Church.Richards argues persuasively that Mary, neither boring nor basically bloody, was a much hard working, hands on , and decisive queen than is commonly recognized Had she not died in her early forties and failed to establish a Catholic succession, the course of history could have been very different, England might have remained Catholic and Mary herself may even have been treated kindly by history.This illustrated and accessible biography is essential reading for all those with an interest in one of England s most misrepresented monarchs.
Recent Comments "Mary Tudor"
It started off well. Then, when it got to Mary becoming queent so much.One of the things I liked about this book was that the author has obviously read a lot of books about Mary Tudor and has a liking for her subject. However, she seems to suffer from a mild case of what I call 'Joanna Denny Syndrome' in that she has a hypothesis - Mary was a great queen and a truly lovely person who everyone adored - and all evidence to the contrary is either ignored or rushed through so quickly it's quickly fo [...]
A good, readable biography of Mary that works hard to peer behind the black mist of propaganda that has obscured her almost since her death. God, who would want to be a princess? One of the worst gigs on the planet, I think. She's hard to get a handle on as a person, partly because of what Richards calls her "regal inscrutability," a quality in which she had been drilled from infancy and the utility of which the dangerous shifts through which she lived reinforced, and partly because so little in [...]
The first biography of Queen Mary which I've read for my thesis (on Marian theatre and censorship), Richards has written a wonderfully readable revisionist history of the infamous and so-called 'Bloody Mary.' Full of scholarly analysis which helps to debunk many of the false myths of Mary and her reign (such as her idiocy, the backwards-looking nature of her religion and religious policies, and her bloodthirstiness), as well as plenty of humor and wit that complements Richards' clear, straightfo [...]
An excellent book. It isn't a rehabilitation of Mary I. It does, however, put her in context.
Very good biography putting some light ( a feminist light that is, which makes for an interesting point) on one of the most unjustly degraded queen of history.
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