Book Review: Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

April 5, 2018 Book review 9 ★★★★½

Hello, my name is Trish and I’m Tudor obsessed.  So reading Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley was a forgone conclusion for me.  And within the pages, I discovered a fascinating blend of Tudor trickery and human insight into a character that I grew to like and admire.

Book Review: Lady Mary by Lucy WorsleyLady Mary by Lucy Worsley
Published by Bloomsbury Publishing Plc on April 5th 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon's divorce as you've never heard it before - from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary.
More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father - and for her - to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn't really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped.
Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.

!@#$ ARC REVIEW Historical Page-Turner Young Adult

First Line of Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

“Press a little harder with the pen, Mary.”

My Thoughts on Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

Before I read this book, my impressions of Mary were that of a vengeful queen who killed for religious reasons without qualm. After all she earned the infamous title The Bloody Queen Mary.  She is the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, and became Queen after Lady Jane Grey was beheaded.

I knew the facts, but now I feel like I know the young woman before her assent to the throne.  This book vividly set the scene of the infamous Tudor dynasty, the luxurious palaces, the indulgent lifestyle, the hundreds of servants at the beck and call of the privileged few.  However after Henry’s separation from Catherine, Mary was banished from that lavish lifestyle.

I admired her strength as she refused to deny her birth right despite physical and emotional hardships.  And I raged at the lack of respect that Henry had for her, as she was only a daughter.  He had the cheek to consider himself childless, as daughters don’t count.  Of course I knew how little women counted, but being inside the head of Mary, while all this was demonstrated out to her again and again, made me sigh with indignation.

Factually, I can’t fault the book.  The Tudor period is never boring to read about.  There are far too many betrayals, beheadings, acts of treason, and colourful characters to be entertained by.  Queen Mary is one of those colourful characters, and this book shades her out nicely.  I’d love if there was a follow on book, or if this was the start of a series.  As it has just whet my appetite for more Tudor treachery!


Rating Report
Did I feel it?
Overall: four-half-stars


Who should read Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley

I’d highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction, especially the Tudor period.  And even more so if you want to see what teenage/new adult Lady Mary was like.  Fans of the Philippa Gregory series should enjoy, I know I found it fitted in perfectly with my reading of those books.  And if you think history is boring, then I challenge you to read this book and see if your view stays the same.


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9 Responses to “Book Review: Lady Mary by Lucy Worsley”

  1. Angela

    I am obsessed with the Tudors as well, and a story from young Mary’s POV is not one I’ve come across before. Great review!

  2. Wattle

    This sounds interesting, I’ve always liked studying that period of history because it was SO dramatic! I’m yet to read a historical based on the time though, because I’m worried I’d get annoyed at factual inaccuracies :/
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  3. Rita @ View From the Books

    Good review! I’m not as into the Tudors as you are, sad to say, but I still enjoyed reading your thoughts over the last few posts about those books relating to them.

    I’m back blogging and see you’ve been away awhile. Is all okay, or just taking a well-earned break? 🙂 Take care!

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