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Did Mary Tudor deserve the title 'Bloody Mary'

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Tuesday 14th November 2006 Do you think that Mary Tudor deserved her title "Bloody Mary" or was she simply misunderstood? Historians still disagree about Mary. Some think she is bloody while others think she was just misunderstood. In this C.H.A.T. I will discuss whether Mary was bloody or misunderstood. In my conclusion I will give my opinion about Mary. In 1533 Mary started to burn innocent Protestants alive. Mary killed 283 victims including Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury and Ridley. Mary was only on the throne for 5 years and managed to burn alive 283 heretics. While Henry VIIII was on the throne for 38 years and burned alive 81 people. Edward VI was on the throne for 6 years and burned alive 2 people and Elizabeth was on the throne for 45 years and burned alive 5 people. Source E page 23 - worksheet. "...but it was Mary who insisted on continuing..." Even though Mary had a chance of saying no to the executions but she wanted to execute them without thought. ...read more.

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Source B worksheet page 23, "neither man, women nor child were spared...all went to the fire" All heretics would have been burned alive. John Foxe wrote this in 1559. This is not reliable as he was a Protestant and wanted Mary to look bloody, however there are some true facts e.g. Mary did kill Ridely etc. John Foxe wrote a book in exile called Foxes book of Martyrs, which included all the killings that happened and showed illustration of the Protestants who were burned alive and published it after Mary died so he wouldn't be burned alive (1563). It was the best seller after the Bible in England. That was why Mary was known as "Bloody Mary". Mary encouraged protestant clergy (priests) to go to exile. 800 Protestants clergy went to exile. Source A page 24 - worksheet, "...we think it ought to be done without rashness.. people...treated fairly" Mary is saying that we shouldn't just kill Protestants, we have to have a reason to kill them. ...read more.

Conclusion

A historian wrote this in 1976. He is trying to put what Mary did into context, because she was not the only monarch who killed Protestants. The parliament, hang robbers alive and killed many other kinds of people. All Mary had to do to kill Elizabeth was sign a bunch of papers but she chose not to even though her advisers did the best they could to make her sign, she only put her under house arrest for 2 months at Woodstock Palace. The Mass and other Catholic rituals were re-established. Instead of burning all the Protestant Clergymen she just arrested them and replaced them with Catholics. Marry didn't have a very good childhood, her father Henry VIII neglected her and she didn't really live in the courts (royalty). Her own mother Catherine of Aragon wasn't permitted (allowed) to see Mary, so she married Philip heir to the throne of Spain, which is the mightiest Catholic nation so that she could make England a very powerful and strong country and in hope to see her mother again and her mother was Queen of Spain. ...read more.

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