European history. Her reign as queen was filled with many trials and tribulations that were not accepted by most of England. Many of Mary’s rash decisions were most likely do to her upbringing and her lack of will power. Whether it is being declared a bastard as a young child by her tyrannical father, Henry VIII, or her marriage to Phillip of Spain, Mary was easily influenced by others and it showed as she grew older and took over the thrown.
Mary was born the daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine. Henry had failed again to bear a son to retain the thrown after him. His annulment from Katherine was not granted so Henry decreed that the Church of England be separate from the Church of Rome. Katherine still tried not to jeopardize her daughter’s succession to the thrown, for this she was banished and Mary was declared a bastard. These events had a devastating effect on Mary who was once adored by both parents. Mary never saw her mother again and her stepmother, Anne Boleyn, treated her with extreme cruelty, even threatening to have her executed. All these things affected Mary’s adolescence. She suffered premenstrual tension her whole life; her periods were infrequent or absent all together. But through all this her mother’s influence stayed with her. She inherited her piety and love of religion from her mother and made it her life’s crusade to restore England with the fa.