Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Question from ? - Accuracy of "Mary, Bloody Mary"

Does anyone know the historical accuracy of the book Mary, Bloody Mary. People in the book (Lady Susan,Salisbury, Lady Julia,Charels, Chapuys, Cromwell,and Reginald) real people that were a part of Mary's life?

7 comments:

PhD Historian said...

As I am sure you know, the book is fiction, a novel. You can be certain that all conversations, any refernce to how a person felt or what a person thought, and many of the events described are simply made up. Many of the people were real, however, including Ambassador Chapuys, Thomas Cromwell and Reginald Pole. Others are not real: Lady Susan, Lady Julia. I have never heard of either of these individuals. And the names Susan and Julia were not in common usage in Tudor England. Those two were probaly made up by the author. For an accurate book on Mary Tudor that is also quite readable, see Carrolly Erickson's "Blood Mary." Any public library should have it.

Liam said...

Mary did have a friend called Susan Clarencieux, I think, but as stated the name wasn't common in England.

Samantha said...

Hello. I have read the book Mary, Bloody Mary and the second book based on her sister Elizabeth the first daughter of Anne Boleyn. Even though I am only 12 and comming on to the age 13 I still really enjoyed these two books and in fact they are very much historicaly correct! Salisbary, Susan, and all the others were real people and played a huge roll in Mary's life even to Salisbary's death; when she tried to excape the executioner she was chooped in to peices until she died! i suggest if you have read the book Mary, Bloody Mary then you MUST read Beware, Princess Elizabeth, they are real page turners and I don't like many books but I fell in love with these! They are both by the same author and I can't wait to whatch the movie on the Tudors and compare the books with the movie! I felt so bad for Mary but when I started to read what she did to Elizabeth I am really shocked! But the answere to your question is yes. Both books are historicaly corect down to every palace, country mannor, and every detail about Richmond Palace.

Anonymous said...

here is just a good descution question, what are some connections from the book to every day life?

Anonymous said...

Basically, the answer to your question is a resounding yes. Mary was responsible for bringing the Spanish Inquisition to England. If you are interested in reading more about her (I have read all of the books about Tudors that author wrote), you may also enjoy The Queen's Fool by Philippa Greggory (who has written many historical fiction novels about the tudors, all based on actual fact).

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add a little disclaimer about the book I previously recommended. While Phillippa Greggory is an amazing author and I love her books, she writes for adults. The books are filled with adult content. Please be aware of that if you choose to read them. Though, it should be said that The Queen's Fool is not nearly as bad as some of her other works.

Anonymous said...

hello. As anne boleyn died i was thinking to myself why is she going to commit suiside ya hear. rediculous. its reeeeel wierd