Mary Tudor who emerges is a courageous survivor of the violent power struggles
that characterised the reigns of her father, Henry VIII and brother, Edward
VI. She had a strong will and a noble vision for her country as a key player
in a revitalised Catholic Europe.The burning of heretics, still the only aspect
of her life that is well known, met with little criticism at the time. The
epithet "Bloody Mary" was coined well after her death by Elizabethan propagandists.
book dispels many popular conceptions about Mary Tudor, the first woman
to rule England in her own right. It reveals the daughter of Henry VIII
and Katherine of Aragon as a cultured renaissance princess.