Mary Tudor Essay

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Mary Tudor's reign on England was unsuccessful because her goal of returning England to the Roman Catholic church was never completely fulfilled. Mary Tudor's decisions as queen were mostly driven by anger and the want to get revenge. Although Mary Tudor could be very kind and giving to her people at times a fact that is remembered by many is how Queen Mary allowed many brutal executions of people in England to be performed just because of their choice of religion. That can curb people's opinions of her very fast.
Mary Tudor was born as a princess into a very royal family; the Tudor family. Mary was born February 18, 1516 at the palace of Greenwich. Mary was baptized the following Wednesday. Cardinal Wolsey was appointed as Mary's godfather. Her parents, Henry VIII of England and Catherine of Aragon, were very pleased with their healthy baby and gave all indications of surviving. Mary is the only child of Henry and Catherine to survive childhood. . Henry VIII was very fond of babies. He loved to show Mary off telling that she never cried. Henry often took off Mary's cab to show off her long hair to foreign visitors. As Mary grew she took many traits from both of her parents. Mary had a fair complexion from her father along with gray eyes from her mother. (home-eartlink.net)
At the age of 2 Mary was engaged for the first time to the dauphin of France, who was son of Francis I. Three years later that proposal was broken off. Shortly after that Mary was affianced to her cousin emperor Charles V. Charles later abandoned Mary to marry Isabella of Portugal. Henry VIII tried to betroth Mary to the most prestigious men in Europe. (Encyclopedia Britannica)
Mary was a high spirited and enthusiastic child. Mary was always given the finest tutors. She studied many leading scholars such as Sir Thomas More and Erasmus of Rotterdam. Mary became fluent in Latin, french, Spanish, and she could understand Italian. Mary was talented in the basic skills of sewing, embroidery, music, and sidesaddle riding. Her favorite musical instruments to play were the spinet and virginals. (home-earthlink.net)
Since Catherine of Aragon couldn't give Henry a son her began to look for other women who he thought could. Henry got with a mistress named Elizabeth Blount. Mary was then titled as illegitimate or a bastard and could no long be heir to the throne so her name changed from Princess Mary to The Lady Mary. But Henry VIII later rationalized the existence of Mary. Elizabeth Blount gave birth to a son named Henry. Their son Henry became Duke of Richmond and Somerset. Henry VII tried to find ways to legitimize Elizabeth's son Henry. Mary's half-brother was given the duty to preside over everyone in court, including Mary. Catherine of Aragon Mary's mother was not pleased at all with that placement. Henry, Elizabeth's son was to be placed Prince of Wales but instead Mary was sent to live in Ludlow castle in Wales. Wales was governed in Ludlow. Mary, only nine, was getting...

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