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The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914
Richard J. Evans
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Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888
John C. G. Röhl
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Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen - Anna Whitelock Anna Whitelock's biography of Mary Tudor is a good political narrative of her life and career. In it, she makes a convincing case that Mary was a far more successful queen than she has traditionally been given credit for, and that she redefined the English monarchy in her five years on the throne. Her book's primary weakness is the fleeting treatment she gives to the non-political aspects of Mary's life, with only passing references to other aspects of her personality. Readers seeking a more comprehensive treatment of Mary's life might want to turn to Linda Porter's recent biography of the queen, yet for anyone seeking to understand Mary's reign this is an excellent place to begin.