Did Mary I deserve the title 'bloody mary'?

Topics: Mary I of England, Edward VI of England, Henry VII of England Pages: 4 (1480 words) Published: October 13, 2013
Did Mary I deserve the title ‘Bloody Mary’?

The question of this essay is ‘Did Mary I really deserve the nickname ‘Bloody Mary’? This essay will show the reasons why she does and why she doesn’t deserve the nickname.

Mary I was the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. She was claimed illegitimate by her father and was forced to sign papers saying that he had never married her mother (Catherine of Aragon). Mary wasn’t allowed to see her mother and was sent away by Henry VIII. She followed the Catholic ways of her mother and became quite religious. Mary was angered that her father was turning Britain into Protestants. When her father finally died, at the age of 55, Mary tried to convince her 10-year-old brother- Edward- to change the country back to the Catholic Religion. Edward objected and carried on his father’s way of running the country. Edward did not want the country to turn back to the Catholic religion. Therefore, he put Lady Jane Grey as the heir to the throne (the Duke of Northumberland convinced Edward that Elizabeth I and Mary I were illegitimate). Mary imprisoned Jane and crowned herself Queen. This led to her ghastly reign over England…

Mary mainly gained the nickname Bloody Mary for the number of people she had killed. She killed hundreds of heretics and extremists. Mary mostly burned these people against the Catholic religion. I can see this from Source D. Source D tells me that Mary I burnt 284 people during her reign. It also tells me that she burnt 2 infants. This suggests that she is ruthless and doesn’t care who she burns. However the purpose for this test is not for good and is not trustworthy. The person, who wrote it is protestant, therefore will be against the Queen. I can tell the purpose is not for good, as it is being put in John Foxe’s ‘Book of Martyrs’. This is a book about Protestants who wouldn’t give in to Mary I when she ordered them to become Catholic. Also, John Foxe was a minster. The text tells me that...
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