Mary I: Queen of Sorrows by Alison Weir ISBN:9781472278142

Mary I: Queen of Sorrows by Alison Weir

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‘A must for Tudor fans everywhere’ Tracy Borman

‘Thrilling, captivating… unforgettable’ Kate Williams

Sunday Times bestselling novelist Alison Weir returns with the spellbinding story of Mary I.


Adored only child of Henry VIII and his Queen, Katherine of Aragon, Princess Mary is raised in the golden splendour of her father’s court. But the King wants a son and heir.

With her parents’ marriage, and England, in crisis, Mary’s perfect world begins to fall apart. Exiled from the court and her beloved mother, she seeks solace in her faith, praying for her father to bring her home. But when the King does promise to restore her to favour, his love comes with a condition.

The choice Mary faces will haunt her for years to come – in her allegiances, her marriage and her own fight for the crown. Can she become the queen she was born to be?


Alison Weir’s new Tudor novel is the tale, full of drama and tragedy, of how a princess with such promise, loved by all who knew her, became the infamous Bloody Mary.


‘Alison Weir gives us her most compelling heroine yet… This is where the story of the Tudors begins’ Tracy Borman

‘History has the best stories and they should all be told like this’ Conn Iggulden

‘As always, Alison Weir is ahead of the curve – and at the top of her game’ Sarah Gristwood

‘Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life’ Guardian

‘Profoundly moving… lingers long after the last page’ Elizabeth Fremantle

Sunday Times bestselling novelist Alison Weir returns with the spellbinding story of Mary I, the princess who became Bloody Mary.

About the Author: Alison Weir is a bestselling historical novelist of Tudor fiction, and the leading female historian in the United Kingdom. She has published more than thirty books, including many leading works of non-fiction, and has sold over three million copies worldwide.

Her novels include the Tudor Rose trilogy, which spans three generations of history’s most iconic family – the Tudors, and the highly acclaimed Six Tudor Queens series about the wives of Henry VIII, all of which were Sunday Times bestsellers.

Alison is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an honorary life patron of Historic Royal Palaces.

09 May 2024

Additional information


Paperback / softback


Historical fiction

Readership Level

General (US: Trade)



Publication Date

09 May 2024

Mary I: Queen of Sorrows by Alison Weir ISBN 9781472278142

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