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A Re-Examination of Mary Tudor

If people haven’t got her confused with Mary Queen of Scots, the defining trait of Mary Tudor is the burning of 300 Protestants that occurred during her turbulent five-year reign from 1553 to 1558. The nickname ‘Bloody Mary’ has stuck since her reign, as Elizabeth I’s reign made effective use of Protestant propaganda, and Mary’s reign was brandished as a cruel period that dragged England into the darkness, saved by Elizabeth’s ascension to the throne. Continue reading