Howdy Tara,One of the better books on Mary that I've come across is David Loades "Mary Tudor: A Life". I don't have my copy on hand so I can't check exactly how much of her early life is in there (and I don't remember, since it has been ages since I read it), but I would guess that it would have stuff you're looking for.
Another book that I can recommend on Mary which covers her early life is Carolly Erikson's Bloody Mary.
Hi! I am not much of a researcher, but I know Queen Mary had a really amazing dollhouse...I did a feature on that on my blog at http://smehreen-dollhouse.blogspot.com/2006/09/doll-house-of-queen-mary.html There is a link on my blog to another site that can tell you more about the queen.
The first four chapters of David Loades 'Mary Tudor; a Life' (Blackwell, London, 1989) should be of use to you. Your school or university library should have a copy of this book. Loades bibliography is also jam-packed with references.
I really liked Alison Weir's book "The Children of Henry VIII," although it is not only about Mary, so you would have to skip some sections.
Read the several written by david loades, you will find all the information you need. Prof. Viso
Find the new one by David Loades recently published. it ir a jewel
Carolyn Meyer's 'Mary, Bloody Mary' is historical fiction,yeah, but it does have some insight on how Mary spent her days and has some facts from her young life. It's also a pretty good read.
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