The Queen s Sorrow A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused the tragedy of Mary Tudor Plain dutiful and a passionate Catholic Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England s queen After the m

  • Title: The Queen's Sorrow
  • Author: Suzannah Dunn
  • ISBN: 9780007258277
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Paperback
  • A queen brought low by love compromised and power abused the tragedy of Mary Tudor Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England s queen After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny And when sheA queen brought low by love compromised and power abused the tragedy of Mary Tudor Plain, dutiful and a passionate Catholic, Mary Tudor was overjoyed by joy when she became England s queen After the misery of her childhood, when her father had rejected her mother, and effectively disowned his daughter, Mary felt at last that she was achieving her destiny And when she marries Philip of Spain, her happiness is complete But Mary s delight quickly turns sour as she realises that her husband does not love her In fact he finds her devotion irritating Desperate for a baby, she begins to believe that God is punishing her Her people are horrified at the severity of the measures she takes and begin to turn against their queen who is lonely, frightened and desperate for love Rafael, a member of Philip of Spain s entourage, is a reluctant witness to the unfolding tragedy and as the once feted queen tightens her cruel hold on the nation, Rafael becomes closer to Mary and his life and new found love are caught up in the terrible chaos that follows.

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    1. What a con this book is. The title and the blurb lead you to believe that this book is all about Queen Mary and her marriage to Prince Philip of Spain. I was really looking forward to getting more behind the skin of Bloody Mary and her phantom pregnancy etc but if she appears in more than 10 pages overall I'd be surpirsed. As for Prince Philip - well, I'm still waiting for his entrance. This story is told through the eyes of Rafael Prado, a Spanish sundial maker who is one of Philip's entourage [...]

    2. Mary I of England, better known as Bloody Mary, has never evoked much sympathy, despite her fractured adolescence and horrible young adulthood, where she first suffered much of the deprivation and pain she later inflicted during her reign.Nevertheless, her story is a fascinating one, and author Suzannah Dunn captures a fragment of it in her haunting novel, The Queen’s Sorrow. In focusing on the months after Mary's marriage to Philip II and her tragic, illusory pregnancy, Dunn has crafted an in [...]

    3. I honestly hate throwing in the towel on books. I never used to be able to do it, but I've finally gotten to a point in my life where I realized that trudging through a boring or bad book and hoping it gets better is not worth it. There's so many other books I want to read, it doesn't make sense to waste my time.(I do always get at least 100-150 pages in before I quit, though.)This book was just so incredibly disappointing. The title, the cover, the blurb on the back - they all suggest that we a [...]

    4. I MIGHT have actually liked this book if: The cover was not of Mary Tudor. The title was not "The Queen's Sorrow".The back cover is about Mary Tudor, Henry VIII, Philip of Spain.I felt betrayed and manipulated. (Bloody) Mary was mentioned a few times, I was hoping to read about herThe main character Rafael - meets with her 3 times.This book, all about Rafael - from Spain coming to England to create a sundial for Queen Mary from her husband Philip of Spain moved slow, but I was ok with getting ac [...]

    5. ‘You question faith, and it’s broken, and it lets the darkness in.’This novel was not what at all what I expected and initially I felt disappointed. However, as I continued reading, I found I was engaged by the lives of the various characters and at times was transported back to the politically and religiously difficult times in which they lived.This is not really a novel about Mary Tudor (Queen of England 1553-1558). It is a novel about a number of people brought together by circumstance [...]

    6. The title and back text leads you to believe that the story is about Mary and Philip but all the scenes where Mary is are abou one page totally. The story is told by man who comes with Philip to England.

    7. Despite its misleading title and even more misleading back-cover blurb, The Queen’s Sorrow by Suzannah Dunn is really the story of Rafael del Prado, a Spanish sundial-maker who arrives in England just after the marriage of Philip, heir to the Spanish throne, to Mary Tudor, Queen of England, known to history as “Bloody Mary.” Rafael is commissioned by the Prince to build a sundial as a wedding gift to his wife, but instead arrives in the midst of the diplomatic wrangling necessitated by try [...]

    8. Yet another deceiving title from Dunn as The Queen’s Sorrow and cover illustration as well as the synopsis on the back cover elude to this being the story of Mary Tudor, on her ascension to the throne. The story is told through the eyes of a Spanish sundial maker, Rafael, and actually is his story. Though Queen Mary is a central figure that the reader encounters briefly throughout the novel it is not her sorrow that we encounter but really that of Rafael. Perhaps the novel would be redeemed if [...]

    9. The book was a disappointment in that the blurb does not live up to the expectations it creates. However, this is overlooked as the characters are easy to identify with and follow.The book really gives an insight into how the people of England lived under rule: with the eventual burnings and the amount of Spanish emmigrating into their country.Being from the point of view of a Spanish man you see it all from a fresh perspectaive. With the few glimpses of the queen in this book she at last receiv [...]

    10. England post Henry VIII continued to be fraught with intrigue, back stabbing and a political system lending to a court of fear.When Mary Tudor, Henry's first daughter, and child of Katharine of Aragon took the throne, the fires of Mary's hell raged throughout as indiscriminate burnings were a daily occurrence.Married to a much despised Spanish King, Mary's heart was broken as it became obvious Philip loathed his bride and his primary goal was the throne. Philip brought his household to England w [...]

    11. If you're expecting a book about Bloody Queen Mary told from her viewpoint, you'll be disappointed. If, however, you're open to gaining insight into the ordinary person's experience during her rule, you'll find this book fascinating. Told from a man's perspective (and that in itself was refreshing to me) and who is one of the disliked Spanish foreigners "invading" England during the Queen's marriage, it's filled with nice historical observations, lovely language, and a surprising sweet love stor [...]

    12. The title of this book is misleading. The caption on the front of the book reads, "A love denied for which a country must suffer." You think the book is going to be about Queen Mary, her relationship with her husband, and her increasing religious fanaticism as her marriage falls apart. In a sense the book deals with that but only in a round about way. The book actually tells the story of Rafael, a Spainard who has come to England to design a sundial as a wedding present for Mary from her husband [...]

    13. This novel seemed less about Mary Tudor and more about Rafael Prado, a fictional sundial-maker to the King of Spain. Normally when authors create a fictional persona and place them in the thick of events, there's a careful balance between fact and fiction. That doesn't happen here. I picked up this novel because I've always been fascinated by Mary Tudor, her tragic life and how her behaviour shaped that of her half-sister Elizabeth. I've even had a soft spot for her, considering how badly she wa [...]

    14. A book which pictures life in London during the reign of Queen Mary. Maybe the title is misleading, as the story focuses on the actions of a Spaniard visiting London to build a sundial for the Queen. The depictions of the Londoners' mistrust of the Spanish, the squalor, the weather,and the household in which he is lodged are excellent. (Though I doubt whether anyone would go picking blackberries in October, a time when they have become tasteless and watery.) The mayhem brought about by ever-chan [...]

    15. Excellent, not what I thought but quite good.Queen 'Bloody' Mary appears in the book several times, but is not the narrator. The narrator is a Spanish (of Jewish decent) sundial builder who is brought to England with Mary's new Spanish consort and his court. The palace is full and Rafael is placed with a private English family for the duration of his stay.Rafael is an excellent narrator of this story as he likes and approves of Queen Mary, but is very familiar with Spanish Inquisition and watche [...]

    16. Felt completely let down by this book. The book is described as being about to Queen Mary. Much of the book is the thoughts and ramblings of a obscure spanish man. It was very difficult to keep reading this as it became very boring, only involving the Queen very minutely. I hate books that promise one thing and deliver another. Unfortunately that was not even a good alternative to what was promise in the book description.

    17. This book was not what I expected and I was disappointed by it. I expected a historical fiction about Mary Tudor, as the title and blurb suggested, but instead it was all about a fictional Spanish character. And the ending was rubbish! It hasn't put me off reading any more of Suzannah Dunn's books, but I'll be more wary in the future - I enjoy Philippa Gregory's Tudor books a lot more.

    18. This is NOT a novel about Mary, despite the title, description, and cover. It is about a character who lives during her reign, and she has very little to do with it. The few appearances she made in the novel felt contrived. The protagonist was uninteresting. I wondered why I was reading about his meals and his troublesome tooth so many times in a novel supposedly about Mary.

    19. forced myself to finish this book. hoped it would improve but it never did. main character was self absorbed and whining through the whole book.

    20. This book is set in the time of Mary Tudor, the daughter of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon. Shunted aside when her father abandoned her mother for Anne Boleyn, she succeeded to the throne upon the death of her half-brother Edward VI. There was rejoicing upon her accession to the throne but her reign was a terrible time and she is best remembered as “Bloody Mary”. She attempted to return England to Roman Catholicism and over 300 “heretics” were burned at the stake. Alth [...]

    21. Hmm, well, to be perfectly honest this was a bit of a let down. It's a perfectly good story for what it is, but it isn't anything that I was expecting, or what it was suggesting to be. Had I known it was going to be a lukewarm historical romance where the characters spend a lot of time doing nothing and just simper after each other, I wouldn't have bothered with it. This is set during the reign of Mary Tudor, her phantom pregnancy and the persecution of the non-Catholic heretics. I thought it wa [...]

    22. Review - I wasn't very impressed by this novel. I really liked The Lady of Misrule: A Novel by Dunn, but didn't like The Sixth Wife or The Confession of Katherine Howard, so I didn't know what to expect of this one really. I think I always hope that her books will improve, but maybe I should stop hoping and then I won't be disappointed. It didn't feel as if it was really about Mary I, but about Spaniards in London in her reign. It also didn't feel particularly historical or period, like it could [...]

    23. First of all, this book is NOTHING like the description on the back (this is the first time I have been betrayed by a book). Mary is seen 3 times in the novel, the rest of the novel is about Rafael, a sundial maker from Spain. This book was a huge disappointment and I am glad its finished. I wish there was more about Mary and less about Rafael. While you do see a glimpse of Mary's turmoil, you don't get to experience it fully if the book were completely about her. I understand the author was try [...]

    24. The book, while a welcome new perspective to the Tudors, is also extremely modern. A man having an affair with his co-worker because his wife just doesn’t understand him (and cheated on him first) and the woman he has the affair with is mad her husband chose work over family has an extremely 21st century feel to it. The language, as well, reads as too modern. Despite the fact that because the characters would, in reality, be speaking 16th century English and Spanish, so there is already layers [...]

    25. I purchased this book because it sounded like it would be about the Royal Court. Instead, it was about a home a short trip away from the Royalty. Told from the perspective of Rafael the story starts out very, very slow. I probably would have put this one down if not for trying to reach my year-end books read goal. I kept trudging through, and towards the halfway mark it got more enjoyable. A romance began to bud, which kept me intrigued and the violence in the country began to increase creating [...]

    26. I am really glad that this was a library book and not a book I had purchased, because, like so many other reviewers, I picked it up thinking it would be about Mary, when in fact, it was more about England during Mary's reign. The cover and the summary on the back are misleading, even though the book itself isn't so awful. I figured out rather quickly that Cecily was hiding a secret and I expected some dramatic turn of events, and then when the big reveal happened, it was a disappointment. I also [...]

    27. Well, this was an odd little book. I almost gave it one star. From the cover and the blurb on the back, I expected a story where Mary Tudor is a prominent person-and that was what I wanted. What I got was the story of a horny Spanish sundial maker who forgets about his wife as soon as he lands in England, recounts his sexual experiences growing up and, oh by the way, meets the queen a few times to reassure her during her "pregnancy" (like that is realistic-an unknown man being summoned to the qu [...]

    28. As with all the others who have reviewed this book, thought it was going to be about Mary Tudor. Sadly, they used her to draw you in to a story that rambled endlessly inside the main character's head. I got so tired of reading the assumptions he made about every thing others were saying to him in a language he didn't understand. Not to mention his paranoid commentary. He also seems to have ways of rationalizing bad behavior. To say this was also a love story is a stretch too. It happened in the [...]

    29. Get over that it's not all about Mary Tudor, people, and appreciate it for what it is. Sure the cover and synopsis are misleading, but it's a nice, fast read that properly depicts England during this turbulent time, led by a deluded queen. Titles don't have to be literal--the "queens sorrow" overshadows the entire story and, therefore, is an appropriate title. Nothing is worse than whiny reviewers--not every book is going to be Pulitzer-worthy.

    30. It wasn't quite what I expected, but I enjoyed it and that's what matters to me. The story of life in London was interesting, especially from a Spaniards perspective. Seeing the transformation of devotion to doubt in the character's internal analysis of their relationships was intriguingd realistic. Absence does not always make the heart grow fonder!

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