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October 15, 2011 @ 5:42 pm

39. Mary I


A lack of male Tudors meant that in 1553 a woman would, for the first time, inherit the throne. Edward VI wished his cousin, Lady Jane Grey, to take the throne but instead it was his older sister, Mary. Mary was Henry VIII's oldest child had seen her fortunes fluctuate dramatically. Beloved by Henry VIII but ostracised for failing to accept his Supremacy, only to be restored to his full affection before being ostracised by her brother, Edward VI, for refusing to comply with his Protestant reforms. Her unlikely triumph in 1553 was a sadly fleeting, for her unpopular marriage to Philip of Spain and failure to produce an heir made her reign troubled and unhappy, while the burnings of Protestant led to her being defined merely as 'Bloody Mary'.

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  • Dean Irwin

    well its only took two weeks but ive finally listend to them all. im so glad you’ve come up with an equation to make the longevity and dynasty sections a bit fairer - you have to be more than an old sex happy monarch to get the high scores now.

    Nov 14, 2011 at 10:13 am
  • rexfactor

    Yes exactly, those old sex-happy monarchs have been getting away with far too much for far too long!

    Nov 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm
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