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THE TUDOR ROYAL FAMILY

MARY TUDOR (BLOODY MARY)

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Mary Tudor (aka bloody Mary) was born on February 18, 1516 and was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon at Greenwhich palace.

Mary was a well educated young lady whose first tutor was Thomas Liancre who previously taught her Uncle Arthur.

Mary could speak and write in both Latin and French and could also speak Spanish and Greek and studied theology and history.

At age eleven Mary translated a prayer of St Thomas Aquinas from Latin to English and under the tutilage of Katherine Parr learned to translate Eramus's Paraphrases of the Gospel of ST John from Latin.

She enjoyed playing music and played both the lute and the virginals like a pro at an early age.
 
After her father annulled his marriage to her mother in 1533 it had a heavy hearted affect on his daughter.
 
The child that was loved and adored by both of her parents wound up in hostile arguments with her father.
 
Henry became a hard hearted man towards the daughter he was supposed to love and she felt she had to be her mother's champion and stand up for her mothers rights. 
 
Katherine always made it clear to everyone that she felt that she was the real wife of King Henry VIII and that she would not do anything to endanger her daughter's and rightful place on the throne.
 
Katherine stood her ground Henry had her removed from court in 1531 and was kept as close eye on in one unhealthy house after another. Mary did not lay eyes on her mother after that.
 

In 1533 her father secret married Anne Boleyn and they soon expected a child.
 
When her half sister Elizabeth was born on September 7th 1533, Mary was proclaimed a bastard and not eligable to inherit the crown.
 
The favour was then passed on to her younger sister.
 
Mary's pride was humilitated even further when she was forced to be a lady in waiting to Elizabeth.
 
 

THE RELATIONSHIP OF MARY & ANNE BOLEYN

Anne mistreated Mary and lowered her self esteem by uttering nasty threats at her and even tried to have her own father sentence her to death.
 
Even though Anne continually directed ill treatment towards Mary and tried to have her married off to a commoner Mary refused to retaliate or look upon Anne as the Queen of England.
 
After the deaths of both her mother and her stepmother , Jane Seymour her father's third wife urged him to welcome her back to court and be reunited with her.
 
Henry being the bull headed man he was refused to be reunite with his eldest daughter unless she signed a document stating that her parent's marriage was incestious and sinful.
 
Mary reluctantly signed the papers ,but never forgave herself for betraying her mother's memory and beliefs.
 
At Christmas time of that year she was welcomed back to court and was reinstated as princess.

When Jane died after the birth of  Edward, Mary was the lady of the land until her father married Anne of Cleves.
 
That marriage was soon annulled and then she witnessed the marriage between her father and  Katherine Howards who she had little in common with, however she did get on swimmingly well with Katherine Parr whom remained a close friend to her even after her father's passing.
 
 

AILEMENTS AND HEALTH ISSUES OF MARY TUDOR
 
Mary suffered pain from toothaches, palputations, depression and hypochondria.
 
Every Autumn in her adult life she became sick with a variety of symptoms, modern doctors of today would have diagnosed her as having seasonal allergies.
 

MARY'S PERSONALITY TRAITS
 
Mary was courageous, true and compassionate person and showed  constant loyalty to her principles and those she loved who in turn showed her the same adoration.
 
She was also a virtuous, kind truthful, affectionate, conscientious, dignified and courteous woman.
 
She did however not understand another person's point of view and was convinces she was always right. Like her mother she was proud stubborn defiant.

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REIGN AS QUEEN
 
 
Mary's reign as queen began on July 19th 1553,following the deaths of her brother who reigned as king of England for 15 years and her cousin Jane Grey who was reigning queen for only 9 days and who was put to death for treason.
 
Mary met Prince Philip of Spain on July 23  1554 and two month later they were told that she had a child on the way.
 
By the summer of 1555 people were made aware that the queen was no longer pregnant. Mary  became depressed and paranoid after another phantom pregnancy.

During her reign as Queen of England she ordered that heretics and protestants be put to death for not following the word of the Catholic church, which earner her the nickname "Bloody Mary"
 
Rumors began surfacing that Princess Elizabeth was plotting treason against her sister, so Mary had Elizabeth arrested on suspicion of conspiring against her and had her locked in the tower of London.
 
Later Elizabeth was placed under house arrest until it was proven that she was not guilty of the crimes she was accused of.
 
King Philip warned Mary that she should treat her with more respect if not affection and it became clear to Mary her husband had chosen to protect her sister.
 
Mary promised to take his advice, even though her jealousy and hatred towards her sister was well known.
 
At one point Mary tried to have Elizabeth shipped off to Spain to stop rumors and gossip from spreading all over the kingdom.
 

Philip returned to  England in March of 1557 after he had become the king of Spain.
 
After spending a short time in England Philip went off to war. Mary never spoke or heard from him again.
 

Another distressing defeat for her was the french triumph over England in the battle for the city of  Calais , which had been part of England for over 200 years.

She died a lonely unhappy old woman on November 17, 1558 and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth.