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"The Baker's Daughter" - Compelling New Novel about Bloody Mary Paints Vivid Portrait of Tudor Era History


"The Baker's Daughter" - Compelling New Novel about Bloody Mary Paints Vivid Portrait of Tudor Era History

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FAIRFAX, Va., July 24, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Fascination with Tudor-era history seems destined never to wane. Each year new sees new books, films, television dramas and documentaries about King Henry VIII and his famous daughters, Queen Elizabeth I and "Bloody Mary" Tudor. This insatiable appetite for Tudor-era fare has created a market for Tudor fiction that constantly seeks new offerings. With The Baker's Daughter, Bonny G. Smith enters the ranks of historical fiction writers who excel at relating the Tudor tale. And for those who revel in historical accuracy, this book is a rare treat. Together with The Nymph from Heaven, the first book in Ms. Smith's Tudor Chronicles, The Baker's Daughter provides a historically accurate tale of Tudor times and sixteenth century European politics at their most fascinating.

The Baker's Daughter is the story of England's first queen regnant. Mary Tudor was the ill-fated daughter of Henry VIII and a Spanish princess, Katharine of Aragon. How did a sweet, beautiful princess become the fearsome tyrant known as Bloody Mary? In The Baker's Daughter, Mary's tragic tale is told with an objectivity and level of understanding that is reflected in the enigmatic title of the book. The discontent of the English people regarding Mary's proposed match with a Catholic king, Philip of Spain, was cruelly expressed in a contemporary broadsheet circulating London at the time of her ill-fated marriage:

"The baker's daughter in her russet gown, better than Queen Mary without her crown."

"I decided to write The Baker's Daughter after learning Mary's sad story while researching the Tudor Era," says Bonny G. Smith, author of The Nymph from Heaven. "Mary's story deserves to be told without the contemporary bias that is the foundation for Queen Mary's evil reputation. In The Baker's Daughter, I have striven not to apologize for Mary's actions, but rather to better understand them."


"For those who love the Tudor period and authors such as Philippa Gregory and Alison Weir, this book is a must. The Baker's Daughter is a well-researched, captivating read, following the life and passions of Mary Tudor. A worthy 5 stars, and well-suited to a mini-series."
- K. Dagger

"Ms. Smith's books are well-written, easy to understand history."
- L. Hudson

"The Baker's Daughter is a captivating look at 16th century England and her relationship with Continental Europe, as well as a heartbreaking presentation of this misunderstood queen. I was sorry to see the book end; I read this remarkable rendition of Mary Tudor's life as if I didn't already know the ending. Intriguing and well written."
-Kristine Landry McCarthy

The Baker's Daughter is now available on Amazon for Kindle download and Print on Demand. The Baker's Daughter

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