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Old 07-05-2013, 01:10 PM
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This thread has been dormant for a while, but I have been reading a lot about the Tutors recently. In answer to Vasillisos Markos question, the claim that Henry VIII was responsible for the deaths of 72,000 people can be traced from the Holinshed's Chronicles, which were written by Raphael Holinshed, which were published in 1587.

I don't think there is an accurate record of all the executions ordered by Henry VIII, but I think it is well settled that he ordered the deaths of tens of thousands of people. Even taking the length of his rule into account (Henry VIII ruled for around 38 years and Mary I ruled for 3 years), Henry VIII executed more people per year than Mary I did.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:10 PM
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Queen Mary I was alienated from and made a bastard by her father, Henry. When she eventually came to the throne after the death of her brother Edward VI and the short rule by Lady Jane Grey, Mary began the persecution against many of the leading Protestants of the day gaining the infamous title of "Bloody Mary".

But did she really deserve to go down in history as a bloodthirsty, cruel monarch. I have just completed a short review of her life which you may read at Queen Mary I
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Thank you for the excellent summary of Queen Mary's rule. It was a fascinating time.

It's hard to understand from a modern perspective, but persecuting protestants was seen as protecting her people. At that time, the monarch was responsible for the spiritual welfare of the kingdom. The Queen was honestly concerned that heretics would led innocent people astray, which would mean those innocent people would then suffer eternal damnation. It was also a superstitious time, some people were afraid that if England separated from the true church, God would have sent some sort of natural disaster.
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In Royal Britain, it was stated:

On November 16, 1553 Mary declared her intention of marrying the Roman Catholic Prince Philip of Spain, son of Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Spain.
As 7,000-odd rebels prepared to attack the City of London, Queen Mary made a passionate appeal to an assembly of Londoners declaring, 'I love you as a mother loves her child'. She won their loyalty and the rebels were crushed.
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In Kings and Queens of Great Britain, David Soud wrote:

Mary's sense of herself as queen was molded by her Catholic faith -- to an extent that she proved incapable of grasping the ambiguities and complexities of her position. In her mind, God had given her the task of restoring England to the Catholic fold, and that mission became the overriding priority of her reign.
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