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Mary I: Queen of Sorrows

Alison Weir author


Publisher:Headline Publishing Group

Published:9th May '24

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'A must for Tudor fans everywhere' Tracy Borman

'Thrilling, captivating . . . unforgettable' Kate Williams

'A gripping story that's underpinned by a wealth of research . . . this is Alison Weir at her best' Nicola Tallis

Sunday Times bestselling novelist Alison Weir returns with the spellbinding story of Mary I.


Adored only child of Henry VIII and his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, Princess Mary is raised in the golden splendour of her father's court. But the King wants a son and heir.

With her parents' marriage, and England, in crisis, Mary's perfect world begins to fall apart. Exiled from the court and her beloved mother, she seeks solace in her faith, praying for her father to bring her home. But when the King does promise to restore her to favour, his love comes with a condition.

The choice Mary faces will haunt her for years to come - in her allegiances, her marriage and her own fight for the crown. Can she become the queen she was born to be?


Alison Weir's new Tudor novel is the tale, full of drama and tragedy, of how a princess with such promise, loved by all who knew her, became the infamous Bloody Mary.



'Alison Weir gives us her most compelling heroine yet... This is where the story of the Tudors begins' Tracy Borman

'History has the best stories and they should all be told like this' Conn Iggulden

'As always, Alison Weir is ahead of the curve - and at the top of her game' Sarah Gristwood

'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' Guardian

'Profoundly moving... lingers long after the last page' Elizabeth Fremantle

Alison Weir makes Henry VIII's story feel like it has never been told before . . . she gets under the skin of the man who is so often dismissed as a much-married monster and gives us an altogether more nuanced, compelling and human portrayal -- Tracy Borman
As always, Alison Weir is ahead of the curve - and at the top of her game. Her wide knowledge and unparalleled understanding of the Tudor era fuels a sympathetic, but never sycophantic, portrait of England's most compelling king -- Sarah Gristwood
This is royal Tudor life both in broad scope and intimate detail and readers are in for a sumptuous journey -- Elizabeth Chadwick
What a book! Alison has done a fantastic and impressive job of bringing to life such a notorious historical figure as a multi-faceted, imperfect yet likeable and even, at times, pitiable character . . . Complex, captivating and memorable -- Tracy Rees

ISBN: 9781472278135

Dimensions: 240mm x 160mm x 50mm

Weight: 800g

544 pages