In this week's Claire Chats talk, I am continuing my series on the Tudor monarchs, and examining their reigns for "the good, the bad, the ugly", i.e. their achievements and the not-so-good stuff, by looking at the reign of Queen Mary I, who ruled from 1553 to 1558.
This daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon has gone down in history as "Bloody Mary", but let's have a more balanced view, let's look at some of her achievements as well as the "ugly" of her time as queen.
Here are the other Claire Chats talks in this series:
- Edward VI – The good, the bad and the ugly
- Henry VIII – The good, the bad and the ugly
- Henry VII – The good, the bad and the ugly
and here are the Claire Chats talks I mention:
- Robert Wingfield’s Vitae Mariae – A first-hand account of the events of July 1553
- A timeline of the events of 1553
Further Reading and Sources
- Mary Tudor: The First Queen by Linda Porter
- Mary Tudor by David Loades
- Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen by Anna Whitelock
- “Anti-Catholic junk history II: Mary I killed 284, Henry VIII up to 72,000 – but it’s ‘Bloody Mary’ and ‘Bluff King Hal'” by Gerald Warner
- The Bloody Queen by David Loades – BBC History Magazine, March 2006