Book Review: Lady Mary – Lucy Worsley

3 stars

Title: Lady Mary
Author: Lucy Worsley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Release date: April 5th 2018 
Genre: YA historical fiction


By turns thrilling, dramatic and touching, this is the story of Henry the Eighth and Catherine of Aragon’s divorce as you’ve never heard it before – from the eyes of their daughter, Princess Mary.

More than anything Mary just wants her family to stay together; for her mother and her father – and for her – to all be in the same place at once. But when her father announces that his marriage to her mother was void and by turns that Mary doesn’t really count as his child, she realises things will never be as she hoped.

Things only get worse when her father marries again. Separated from her mother and forced to work as a servant for her new sister, Mary must dig deep to find the strength to stand up against those who wish to bring her down. Despite what anyone says, she will always be a princess. She has the blood of a princess and she is ready to fight for what is rightfully hers.


I started reading this book because I absolutely loved the idea of taking the incredibly famous story of “Bloody Mary” and looking at it from a point of view not many people ever thought of. After I read the summary, I actually really wanted to know how Mary felt during her parents divorce. I don’t think the people of that time really considered the consequence a divorce has on a child, because absolutely no one divorced back then. I love the combination of fiction and non-fiction, it’s a really great mix.

Other than Mary, who is a small child at the beginning of this book and a woman at the end, there isn’t much character development. her mother and father aren’t that much in the picture most of the time and their character stays more or less the same. But, I love how the writing changes when Marie grows up. Sometimes it did sound a bit too young I think, Children back then grew up faster than they do know and even if Mary had been a child that lived today, it felt a bit like 9 year old Mary actually was a 6 year old.

I loved how fast paced this book was. Historical fiction can be a bit boring if the story goes too slow (at least for me it can be boring). everything happened quite fast and that made it more enjoyable and it also made it easier to focus on this book. I think sometimes it went a bit too fast and it can be a downside for other people, but I liked this ritme a lot.

I think I would have loved this book a little bit more if it the story would have ended later in her life. Now the book had quite an open ending. Of course it’s not really an open ending because if you don’t know how her story ends you can just read the Wikipedia page about her, but obviously that’s not the same.

Tell me what you think!