I have very mixed feelings about Mary I, but I have to say that there is much to admire about her. Not only did she rally support against Wyatt's Rebellion in 1554 and reign as the first official queen regnant; not only did she rally support for her claim to the throne in 1553, being prepared to give her life for it; but she also stood up to her father, King Henry VIII, and the bullies he got to do the king's business, when she was just seventeen years old. She was a tough cookie.
In today's Claire Chats I talk about what happened to Mary from 1531 to 1534, what she went through.
Notes and Sources
- Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII, Volume V. 375.
- Ibid, Volume VI. 1125, 1139, 1207, 1186, 1249, 1558.
- Ibid, Volume VII. 14.
- Calendar of State Papers, Spain, Volume V: Part 1. 1, 4, 10, 17.
- Whitelock, Anna (2009) Mary Tudor: Princess, Bastard, Queen, Random House.