Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna WhitelockMary Tudor I, is one of the most interesting historical figures to me. And no, Im not a Catholic, Spanish nor do I think that she was justified in killing the almost 300 hundred protestants that occurred during her reign. I simply think that on a psychological level, she is not only a complex person, but sad. I also think that it is important that historians are now reassessing Marys reign as Queen. While there is no denying there was bad, John Foxes anti-Catholic propaganda has completely taken over as truth. I was looking for this book to present a compelling new look at the one labeled Bloody Mary.
Anna Whitelock, has presented a very basic look on Marys life going from her birth-to-death. Whitelock takes great care in outlining the details of Marys life, but thats all the book really is, full of outlines and notes. It does, however, give a very clear image of the pressure and hardships that Mary was forced to deal with in her youth. A lot of which Id never known about. For example, for two years she lived under the care of Lady and Lord Shelton (Anne Boleyns aunt and uncle) where she was mistreated constantly.
There was even an incident when Mary was early in her queendom (before shed even started the burnings) where a dead dog with a shaved crown (representing a tonsured priest) was flung into her chamber with a rope around its neck. It even acknowledges that in the beginning of her reign that she tired to allow changes back to Catholicism happen slowly, but rebellion and pressure from Rome and others made her change that opinion.
My biggest problem with this book is that it does not go into any detail about the goings on of the day or tries to give any real depth to the mindset of Marys personality. The most they ever do is repeat that she was her mothers daughter.
They do not try to explain how she was physically and mentally affected by the events of her parents divorce. Nor do they explain how deeply Edwards betrayal effected her, since she helped raised him. Also, they do not even go into details about the mistakes as a Queen: her refusal to marry Edward Courenay, her dependence on Spain and her inability to let things go from the past.
Finally, I disagree with Whitelocks statement that Mary failed as a woman, but triumph as a Queen. While I feel for Mary and feel that he reign as Queen has been deeply vilified, I would never say she triumphed as a ruler. However, I will say that her removing Jane Grey from the throne and becoming Queen was very important. Edward disowned both his sisters, so if Mary never asserted her right to rule, Elizabeth would have never become Queen. Thats right no Mary, no Elizabeth, suck on that.
All and all, if you are unfamiliar with Marys reign, check this out for a look. Anyone with a decent knowledge of Mary, check out Alison Weirs Children of Henry VIII.
The Courtship of Mary Tudor
Mary I of England
She is best known for her aggressive attempt to reverse the English Reformation , which had begun during the reign of her father, Henry VIII. The executions that marked her pursuit of the restoration of Roman Catholicism in England and Ireland led to her denunciation as " Bloody Mary " by her Protestant opponents. When Edward became mortally ill in , he attempted to remove Mary from the line of succession because he supposed, correctly, that she would reverse the Protestant reforms that had begun during his reign. On his death, leading politicians proclaimed Lady Jane Grey as queen. Mary speedily assembled a force in East Anglia and deposed Jane, who was ultimately beheaded. Mary was—excluding the disputed reigns of Jane and the Empress Matilda —the first queen regnant of England. In , Mary married Philip of Spain , becoming queen consort of Habsburg Spain on his accession in
Mary as queen
The first queen regnant of England, Mary succeeded the English throne following the death of her half-brother Edward VI in Mary is remembered for burning an estimated Protestant men, women and children during her reign, which caused her to be known posthumously as 'Bloody Mary'. We bring you eight facts about the Tudor monarch…. Henry VIII claimed that the marriage had been incestuous and illegal, as Catherine had been married to his late brother, Arthur. Mary was denied access to her mother, who had been sent by Henry to live away from court, and never saw her again.
She shared a common ancestor with Mary Queen of Scots. Catherine was also known as the Princess of Wales. At this point he still had hopes for a son and heir. She was well educated having tutors who believed in educating girls as well as boys. A belief that was not widely held.