Mary Tudor

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Mary Tudor was the queen of England. She ruled with a swift hand and died at the mercy of God but was despised by her subjects. Mary Tudor's devotion to Roman Catholicism led her to persecute Protestants in a murderous manner.

The idea of a woman at the throne was abhorrent on principle . . . but Mary Tudor came to it. The people gladly accepted her as their monarch despite the long, old stereotype. They had no idea of what horrible events were about to come forth. Early in her reign, she imprisoned over forty unruly Protestants and the men who wanted to crown Jane Grey instead of Mary and had assented to removing Mary from the succession. She also warned the most liberal Protestant leaders to leave the country. Her marriage to her cousin Philip of Hapsburg was detested because the English feared England might become a province of Roman Catholic Spain.

Philip didn't care much for Mary and on became Spain's ruler. They did have sexual relations which they were expecting a child. There were "technical difficulties" in her pregnancy. Her due date for the birth was way past it. Mary preached that her child could not be born until every heretic then in prison was burned. The religious differences in England separated the Catholics from the Protestants. Religious toleration was not in Mary Tudor's decorum. Protestants were thought to be mocking the throne and Mary had to silence them. Old laws were restored to punish heretics because Mary adhered to that heretics deserved the ultimate punishment. In Kent, one of the humiliating punishments for the priest was that his nose was to be cut off. Before being burned at the stakeProtestants' or other victims' hair were cut short. In February, some were luck enough...