Melita Thomas is a co-founder and editor of Tudor Times, a website devoted to Tudor and Stuart history. Her articles have appeared in BBC History Extra and Britain Magazine. She lives in Hitchin.
'This scholarly and highly engaging book offers a genuinely fresh perspective on Mary Tudor, presenting her as far more than the tragic and 'Bloody' queen of legend. By exploring Mary through the lens of her relationship with her father, Henry VIII, the author provides a compelling new portrait of this much-misunderstood woman which is at once more sympathetic and believable than many established accounts. A stunning achievement.' -- Dr Tracy Borman, Joint Chief Curator of Historic Royal Palaces and author of numerous books 'A wonderful debut. Melita Thomas brilliantly explores the early life of Mary Tudor against a European backdrop. She traces the young princess's relationship with her father Henry VIII, and convincingly argues that Mary was very much her father's daughter - not just the pious girl but also the political animal. A powerful narrative filled with new insights.' -- Dominic Pearce author of Henrietta Maria 'In addition to a very comprehensive selection of portraits and relevant buildings in the colour plates section, we are very well served in this book with a very detailed yet clear timeline of British and European events between 1485 and 1547 and a genealogical table at the front, plus to appendices at the back, one of European states and the other a Who's Who of important contemporaries. A reader could probably not ask for more.' -- The Bookbag Melita Thomas' research is impeccable, her arguments and theories are backed up by primary sources, including memoirs, letters and treaties. The focus is entirely on Mary, her relationships with her family and courtiers and the way her father's policies and marriages affected her life. It examines every aspect of Mary's life in impeccable detail; her education, court life, her relationships, health and daily routine. It is a sad tale, of a father who demanded absolute obedience, and never considered the consequences of his actions on the mental well-being of his children. -- www.historytheinterestingbits.com