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The First Queen of England: The Myth of "Bloody Mary" by Linda Porter. Biography. Daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, Mary I was a Latin scholar and an outstanding musician, but she became the most hated monarch in English history.
Bloody Mary by Carolly Erickson. This biography tells the story of Mary's unhappy life.
Mary Tudor: England's First Queen by Anna Whitelock. According to this biography, Queen Mary I was not a weak-willed failure, but a complex figure of immense courage, determination, and humanity. (Previously published as Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen.)
Mary I: England's Catholic Queen by John Edwards. According to this biography, Queen Mary's culture, Catholic faith, and politics were thoroughly Spanish.
Mary I: The Daughter of Time by John Edwards. A short biography of the English queen whose reputation was buried under a great mass of propaganda during the reign of her younger sister, Elizabeth I.
Mary Tudor: The Tragical History of the First Queen of England by David Loades. Includes original documents, letters, and color illustrations.
The Birth of a Queen: Essays on the Quincentenary of Mary I edited by Sarah Duncan and Valerie Schutte. A collection of essays exploring Queen Mary's life and the struggles she faced before and after her accession.
Mary and Philip: The Marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain by Alexander Samson. Argues for Mary as a great Catholic queen while fleshing out Philip's important contributions in England.
The King's Pearl: Henry VIII and His Daughter Mary by Melita Thomas. Examines future queen Mary I's complex relationship with her father.
The Children of Henry VIII by Alison Weir. A cohesive and impeccably researched book about Elizabeth, her elder sister Mary I, and her younger brother Edward VI. This is exciting history and fascinating reading. (Review © Amazon.)
The Church of Mary Tudor edited by David Loades and Eamon Duffy. Explores the church during Mary I's reign, focusing on the neglected Catholic renaissance she ushered in and offering a balanced view of Mary's religious policies.
Bloody Mary's Martyrs: The Story of England's Terror by Jasper Ridley. Explores the dark years of Mary Tudor's reign.
Fires of Faith: Catholic England Under Mary Tudor by Eamon Duffy. Argues that the regime of Queen Mary I was neither inept nor backward looking.
The Reign of Mary Tudor by J. A. Froude, introduction by Eamon Duffy. Victorian writer Froude was highly critical of Mary I, whose reign he viewed as something of a disaster. Eamon Duffy takes a different and controversial view, which he shares in the book's introduction.
Mary I: Gender, Power, and Ceremony in the Reign of England's First Queen by Sarah Duncan. How the queen and her supporters used language, royal ceremonies, and images to bolster her right to rule and define her image.
Mary I and the Art of Book Dedications: Royal Women, Power, and Persuasion by Valerie Schutte. How dedications reveal perceptions of statecraft, religion, and gender. Includes a catalog of all books known to have been in Queen Mary I's possession.
The Shadow of the Crown by Jean Plaidy. Brings to life the dark story of a queen whose road to the throne was paved with sorrow.
The Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory. Novel about the rivalry between Queen Mary I and her half-sister Elizabeth I. By the author of The Other Boleyn Girl.
Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor by Julianne Lee. Novel about Queen Mary I, a "misunderstood woman who withstood the treachery around her only to become one of England's most vilified queens."
The King's Daughter by Barbara Kyle. With her beloved father imprisoned by England's Mary I, an English woman plots to overthrow the queen and bring the future Elizabeth I to power.
Mary Tudor: Courageous Queen or Bloody Mary? by Jane Buchanan. Biography of England's Queen Mary I from the Wicked History series.
Bloody Mary by Louise Chipley Slavicek. Biography from the "History's Villains" series for children ages 9 to 12.
Queen in Waiting: A Life of "Bloody Mary" Tudor by Georgess McHargue. A biography for young adult readers.
Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer is a young adult novel written from Mary's point of view.