In reading about Elizabeth and Mary Tudor I learned
that the rivalry between them was no fault of their own but the neglectful way their own father treated both girls.
In my opinion I feel that Henry was very hurtful
to both of his daughters who deserved equal love and attention from the man that they called their father.
To lessen one child’s title just because a
new child has been born is truly disrespectful of the other child’s feelings.
The way in which Mary was treated was disgusting
to say the least.
To say she is the princess one minute and then to
take the title away and then re instate her as princess to me it sounds like their father did not care what kind of stress
and upset it would cause her.
Then he did the same thing to Elizabeth and that
to me is something a irrational person would do.
While I sympathize with what Mary had to go through,
I feel that it did not give her the right to treat her own sister cruely the way that she had.
Mary was very hateful towards Elizabeth in such a
way that she would tell people that Elizabeth did not look like their father and upon discussing Anne boleyn referred to her
as the whore and implied that Elizabeth was not Henry VIII's daughter.
To disrespect the memory of Elizabeth’s mother
was a despicable thing for a Catholic woman to do.
I think that Mary should have had more compassion
and sympathy for her younger sister and not treated her the way that she initially did.
Further more having her own sister locked up in the
tower for being a Protestant and for supposedly plotting against her on the say so of other people, without speaking
to her sister first to find out if it was in fact true is down right cruel in my books.
Mary as queen could not get the proof
she needed to have her sister prosecuted for treason and still would not let go of the
fact that her younger sister was the daughter of Anne Boleyn.
You can not blame the child for the sins of the mother
and I believe that Mary would not let go of the past and blamed her sister for the way Anne had treated her while she was
reigning Queen and Mary's stepmother.
Its a shame that the sister's relationship was not
a solid one, because if it had they would have stood together as proud daughters of Henry VIII and shared both their love
for their father and the love for their beloved England.