Diarmaid MacCulloch: The First Queen of England
18 October 2007
Show More Mary Tudor: The Tragical History of the First Queen of England by David Loades.
National Archives, 240 pp., £19.99, September 2006, 1 903365 98 8Show More
“... To understand someone, meet their mother – and so it was with the Tudor princesses. Mary, the daughter of Katherine of Aragon, was straightforward, pious, brave in a crisis, not especially bright. Her whole life was shaped by her mother’s straightforwardness and bravery in a crisis: when Henry VIII wanted Katherine to accept that she had never been married to him, she refused to do so, and by her unchanging refusal, gave her daughter an example of how to behave ...”