Mary I of England aka Bloody Mary

Mary I of England, also known as Bloody Mary, was born on the 18th of February in 1516. Mary was the only child of Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon, who survived to adulthood. Mary’s father Henry VIII banished his wife for not baring him a son, not to long afterwards.

Henry VIII’s next wife who was Anne Boleyn also bore him a daughter named Elizabeth, then was banished or killed. His third wife who was Jane Seymour finally bore him a son, but died only a few hours after giving birth. Henry VIII married three more women who were Anne Cleves, Catherine Howard and Catherine Parr. Anne Cleves committed adultery and got executed, Catherine Howard went against him and got executed, and Catherine Parr got widowed after the death of Henry VIII

When Henry VIII died on the 28th of January in 1547, his son Edward VI took over the throne, instead of Mary, in 1547. Edward VI was at the age of nine when he became King of England, but ruled with a counsel organized by his father. Edward, unlike his half-sister Mary who was a Catholic, was a Protestant like his father who taught him the Protestant religion.

By the time he was at the age of eighteen he died and leaving the throne to his cousin, Lady Jane Grey when she was about sixteen. Nine days later Lady Jane Grey got beheaded with her young husband for treason. Having been over throne by Mary I, of England, Mary I took over the throne and killing many Protestants, because she was a Catholic, and burning 280 at the stake for four out of the five years of her reign, earning the nick-name Bloody Mary.

Mary had been raised in France when her mother was banned. She married to Phillip II of Spain in September 1553, hoping to have to produce a child as, instead of her half-sister Elizabeth I taking over the throne. Marry never bore a child, but had about 3 false alarms of pregnancy. Mary I died on the 17th of November in 1558, Elizabeth I took over the throne in that same year after the death of her half-sister.


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