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Mary Tudor Essay

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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 ...view middle of the document...

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 to be beheaded (for beheading was the least likely to be as painful as cutting the nose off or any other body part). Unfortunately, burning at the stake was the one Mary used the most for heretics and some 300 Protestants died. Her people were starting believe that her pregnancy was fruitless and they were forming hatred for her, especially the Protestants. The pleasant people of England gave her a nickname which was "Bloody Mary". Catholicism now was England's main religion. To prove to the world once and for all that Mary's affairs were regulated exclusively by divine providence by the birth of her child. To Mary Tudor's and Philip's disappointment, the child never came. Philip was too busy in Spain to attend to Mary's needs; he was also kind of forming hatred for her as well. There was a rumor going around that on Mary's death, Philip would be king of England. Panic stroke the people for they feared of the Spaniard's' rule. Popular uprisings were just waiting to happen. Mary Tudor put Roman Catholicism on its feet. The people despised her ignorance. Her persecutions proved successful but a good must come to an end. Mary Tudor died as a martyr and Elizabeth, the heir brought Protestantism back.

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