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Mary Tudor : A Life

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Few English monarchs have a worse reputation than Mary Tudor. She has been seen both as a religious fanatic who tried against the will of her people to reverse the course of the Reformation and as the pawn of her husband, Philip II of Spain -- her infatuation with whom led her to betray Englanda s vital interests. How this pious, and by contemporary accounts, gentle woman aroused an antipathy that survives until the present is a central question in David Loadesa s sensitive biography, now in paperback. Based on research into the documents of the time (many newly uncovered) the compelling story of Marya s life is revealed here in unprecedented detail and depth, packed with incident and intrigue, and enmeshed in the politics of secular and religious struggle in England and Europe.

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  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 152 x 224 x 32mm | 721.21g
  • 21 Apr 1992
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
  • Oxford
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 063118449X
  • 9780631184492
  • 1,193,381

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David Loades taught at the University of Durham before being appointed the Professor of History at the University College of North Wales, Bangor in 1980. He has MA and PhD degrees from the University of Cambridge (where he received the Prince Consort Prize and Seeley Medal in 1961). He was awarded an honorary D Litt in 1981 and was a visiting fellow at All Souls College in 1988--9.

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"Loades manages the difficult feat of being both a sensitive portrait of a woman treated abominably by her father, and a cool estimation of the religious persecutions she initiated as a result. A sad but not unsympathetic book." (The Week, January 2009) "An excellent and sensitive biography." (Observer) "A weighty achievement." (Times Educational Supplement) "A stimulating and scholarly reappraisal of Marya s career ... Without resurrecting the black legend, he illuminates the shortcomings of an historical figure who was a a good woman, but an ill Queena ." (Spectator) "Loades has written by far the best biography of the queen to date. He has created a deeply moving and penetrating human story in which the lesser characters retain their verity and are gracefully integrated into a drama that is, as the author says, a pure tragedya ." (American Historical Review) "David Loadesa s brisk and unsentimental account is therefore welcome." (The English Historical Review)

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Few English monarchs have a worse reputation than Mary Tudor. She has been seen both as a religious fanatic who tried against the will of her people to reverse the course of the Reformation and as the pawn of her husband, Philip II of Spain - her infatuation with whom led her to betray England's vital interests. How this pious, and by contemporary accounts, gentle woman aroused an antipathy that survives until the present is a central question in David Loades's sensitive biography, now in paperback. Based on research into the documents of the time (many newly uncovered) the compelling story of Mary's life is revealed here in unprecedented detail and depth, packed with incident and intrigue, and enmeshed in the politics of secular and religious struggle in England and Europe.

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