As the cherished and only surviving child of Henry VIII's marriage to Katherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor faced an assured future - until her father decided to rid himself of her mother, and so brought devastating changes not only to Mary, but to the entire country. Young and inexperienced, Mary was left alone to face the dangers of those who lived in the shadow of the crown. The perilous years that followed were filled with drama, yet she longed for a happy married life and children, and by this time she knew she had a divine purpose: to restore the Church of England to Rome.
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As Henry VIII's only child, the future seemed golden for Princess Mary. She was the daughter of Henry's first queen, Katharine of Aragon, and was heir presumptive to the throne of England. Red-haired like her father, she was also intelligent and deeply religious like her staunchly Catholic mother. But her father's ill-fated love for Anne Boleyn would shatter Mary's life forever. The father who had once adored her was now intent on having a male heir at all costs. He divorced her mother and, at the age of twelve, Mary was banished from her father's presence, stripped of her royal title, and replaced by his other children--first Elizabeth, then Edward. Worst of all, she never saw her beloved mother again; Katharine was exiled too, and died soon after. Lonely and miserable, Mary turned for comfort to the religion that had sustained her mother.
In a stroke of fate, however, Henry's much-longed-for son died in his teens, leaving Mary the legitimate heir to the throne. It was, she felt, a sign from God--proof that England should return to the Catholic Church. Swayed by fanatical advisors and her own religious fervor, Mary made horrific examples of those who failed to embrace the Church, earning her the immortal nickname "Bloody Mary." She was married only once, to her Spanish cousin Philip II--a loveless and childless marriage that brought her to the edge of madness.
With In the Shadow of the Crown, Jean Plaidy brings to life the dark story of a queen whose road to the throne was paved with sorrow.
One of the pre-eminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, Jean Plaidy is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert; she also wrote under the name Victoria Holt. By the time of her death in 1993, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than fourteen million copies worldwide.
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Book Description HarperCollins Canada / UK Adult Mm, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6177395
Book Description HarperCollins Canada / UK Adult Mm, 1990. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0006177395