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Portraits of a Queen: Mary I of England

Mary Tudor was the daughter of Henry VIII and his wife Katherine of Aragon. She was born in 1516 and was their only surviving child. After many years of trying for more Katherine recognized that sh…

The Myth of 'Bloody Mary'

History remembers the English queen as a murderous monster, but the real story of Mary I is far more nuanced

The Disturbing Origins of Common Nursery Rhymes

Let's face it: everything is a lot more horrifying than you thought when you were a kid. Pick even the most childlike, innocent thing you can think of, and the odds are that there's a deeply disturbing story behind it. For instance, nursery rhymes. We grew up

Mary I of England Dies Meaning the Accession of Elizabeth I  Mary I reigned for five years. Within that time, she burned nearly 300 Protestant at the stake as heretics and had two false pregnancies. By March 1558, she had to give into the fact that her half-sister, Elizabeth, would become the next Queen of England.

On November 17, Elizabeth I became Queen of England after the death of her half-sister, Mary I. Her reign lasted for five years and she is now known as Bloody Mary.

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Today in 1558 Mary I’s 5th Parliament opened, and one of it’s first points of business was to grant subsidies to Mary to make up for the loss of Calais. Calais, which, though French, had been controlled by England since 1346, fell two weeks before, on January 8.
Today in 1572 John Knox died. A Sottish clergyman, Knox is remembered as the founder of Presbyterianism, but he was also known for his outspoken stance against Mary I. He wrote a book called The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regimen of Women in which he attacked women rulers like Marie of Guise, and Mary I.
Today in 1553 Mary I proceeded through London on the way to her coronation. Immediately behind Mary’s carriage was another with Princess Elizabeth and Anne of Cleves in it.
On July 20 1554 Prince Philip arrived in England to marry Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII. Mary’s love life, like much in the rest of her life, was sad, and didn’t end well.

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