Tudor Throne - Reviewed

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Book Description: In the wake of King Henry VIII's death, England's throne is left in a precarious state—as is the peculiar relationship between his two daughters. Mary, the elder, once treasured, had been declared a bastard in favor of her flame-haired half-sister, Elizabeth, born of the doomed Anne Boleyn. Yet the bond between the sisters was palpable from the start. Now reinstated, Mary eventually assumes her place as queen. But as Mary's religious zeal evolves into a reign of terror, young Elizabeth gains the people's favor. Gripped by a tormenting paranoia, Mary is soon convinced that her beloved Elizabeth is in fact her worst enemy. And the virginal Elizabeth, whose true love is her country, must defy her tyrannical sister to make way for a new era. . .

A brilliant portrait of the rule of "Bloody Mary" and her intricate relationship with Elizabeth I, the adored "Virgin Queen," here is a riveting tale of one family's sordid and extraordinary chapter in the pages of history.

My Thoughts: Brandy does an excellent job of taking you right into the Tudor period, England with the gallant dresses, hairstyles, and architecture. You are drawn right in to the upheaval of infighting that has been going on for years in England. This book is told in alternating points of view between Mary and Elizabeth. I was drawn right into this book and loved it from the first page. If you are a fan of Philippa Gregory and the Tudors I highly recommend this book . . you will not be disappointed!


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