How bloody was Bloody Mary, really? The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames uncovers the truth in the biography, Mary Tudor "Bloody Mary" by Gretchen Maurer.
How bloody was Bloody Mary, really? The Thinking Girl's Treasury of Dastardly Dames uncovers the truth in the biography, Mary Tudor "Bloody Mary" by Gretchen Maurer. This book is all about the royalty related to Mary Tudor in England, 1516. Mary was her father and mother's pride and joy, her father even referred to Mary as his"pearl of the world" or his "token of hope". She was a beautiful young princess, however when Mary turned eleven, her father King Henry VII wanted to divorce Mary's mother, Catherine of Aragon to marry a Protestant, Anne Boleyn. Even without the Pope's approval, they married and had a daughter Elizabeth. Soon after, Mary was replaced and forced to work as a servant for her little sister. This changes when Mary does something to make her father happy, which means Mary is back in line for the throne and later becomes queen.
While Mary was in charge, she had 248 Protestants burned at the stake, so people gave her the nickname "Bloody Mary". In contrast, when Elizabeth was queen she had more than 200 Catholics killed and then displayed their body parts on gates to be seen throughout the town. Elizabeth earned the nicknames "Gloriana"and "Good Queen Bess" despite her equally morbid behavior. Mary's father killed up to 70,000 people just for displeasing him and they called him "Great Harry" and "Bluff King Hal." So was Mary being brutal, or was she just ruling as any other monarchy would at the time?
This book would make a great gift for any one who enjoys history or is fascinated with royalty. I would avoid this series if easily frightened or sensitive because of the graphic details. If you enjoy this book, I would also recommend Catherine De' Medici "The Black Queen" by Janie Havemeyer.