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|I have a Mary I bio waiting to be read
Written by Golda
(9/10/2013 2:14 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Hmm..., penned by Michal
I have a book by Alison Weir, whose work I like a lot, although at least one other Pemberlean tends to discount her work. These bios can be a tough slog to get through sometimes but I think it's time to move it up my list.
Henry VIII's 'great matter' as they called it, began around 1525, when Mary would have been about 9. The divorce wasn't finally transacted until 1533, when Mary would have been 16 or 17, so I think Mary lived through many years of uncertainty before Henry actually married Anne and Princess Elizabeth was born later that year. I believe that Catherine and Mary were forbidden to see each other or correspond for much of Catherine's time in exile.
No doubt this was a rough childhood, but it's hard for my 21st century mind to comprehend burning people for their religious beliefs, especially since this is a particularly painful way to die. But I agree - I don't think it was her upbringing or the first 20 years of her life that did it - I think she was emulating her relatives.
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