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Why Did The Catholics Turn Into The Monsters Of The 16th Century?

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Introduction This an essay titled; why did the Catholics become the monsters of the 16th Century? It will discuss the different, but major events in part of the 1600's and the essay will conclude with a final decision as to why the Catholics became the monsters of the 16th Century. The major events help us discuss the way Catholicism was distorted in the eyes of the people of England. We will also discover who distorted the image of Catholicism. Bloody Mary Mary I was a strong Catholic, she would do anything to make England Catholic again, for it was not at this time in history. Mary tried to make England Catholic again by using fear; she did this by burning people at the stake. If they were not a Catholic and refused to become so, then this is what their punishment would have been. It was very harsh and did not give her a good name. She became very disappointed that this source of punishment was not working so she carried on and on until she managed to get rid of quite a few Protestants. ...read more.


So in the eyes of Protestants Catholics were becoming more and more monstrous. Starting with Bloody Mary and leading on to this illegal affair. The Catholic religion really isn't getting a good name for all these occurrences. Are they? Mary Queen of Scots! Is she trustworthy? Are the 'Catholics' trustworthy? Mary Queen of Scots was a threat to Elizabeth because she had just arrived in England having escaped from prison and been accused of her ex husband Lord Darnley's death, she was a Catholic, and she had ideas to over throw Elizabeth. She wanted the throne of England! Elizabeth's fears are genuine ~ Mary is seeking help from outside England, someone must stop her. Sir Francis Walsingham was not far away, thankfully. This man was Elizabeth's secret agent, if you like. Mary certainly was intrigued with her plotting and came up with something called a Babington plot. There were quite a few mistakes made in the preparation for this plot, and Walsingham was not far from getting his hands on a lot of evidence about it. ...read more.


James I was a Protestant. The whole idea of the gunpowder plot was to kill King James I. Guido Fawkes wanted a Catholic monarch because he wasn't happy with a Protestant monarch, so therefore the gunpowder plot developed. Here is how it all happened. There was a basement under the Houses of Parliament so Guy took advantage of this and filled the basement with gunpowder. He pretended they were potatoes! In the end he was caught, put on the rack, and burned at the stake. This gave a bad image to the Catholic faith; so in my view I would say they are now seen as TERRORISTS. Conclusion To sum up my ideas I would say that the Catholics have become the monsters of the 16th Century. Bloody Mary was the main start for the monstrous Catholic period; I think she was the beginning and the cause for the end. If you want to weigh up all the participants, Guy Fawkes was another kilo, if you like, of the Catholic monstrosity. So then when you weigh up this chaotic period I believe you would end with a sack of very heavy idiots and most definitely traitors! This is the end of my essay! ...read more.

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