There’s Something About “Bloody” Mary Tudor; Should She Be So Vilified?

Today is the anniversary of Elizabeth I accession to the Throne but this means a monarch had to have died. Heres an old post about the Monarch before Elizabeth, her half sister Mary Tudor better known as Bloody Mary

Laura Brennan, A Historian

When ever I think of Mary “Bloody” Tudor, I think of the opening line to that Philip Larkin poem This Be The Verse:


                            They f*ck you up, your mum and dad.   

                           They may not mean to, but they do.   

                           They fill you with the faults they had

                           And add some extra, just for you.



By why I hear you cry, well I feel that Queen Mary I, Tudor and heir of Henry VIII, was the Queen she was, due in part to her childhood, her parents and how that effected her.


Let’s look at the evidence. To start with Mary is born, 18th February 496 years ago today, to a mother and father happy in marriage and secure in faith and although born the wrong gender, is loved and seen as hope for male heir. Her…

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