Queen Mary I of England was given the title Bloody Mary for the number of people burned at the stake during her reign. Yet other rulers have killed far more without the title "Bloody." How did Mary earn the contempt of history? Mary's problems began with the marital problems of her parents that with time led to the creation of the Anglican Church, and continued through a life that was marked by rejection and denial. When Mary eventually came to the throne, she was motivated to restore the Catholicism that she loved and that had sustained her during her dark days. In general, her critics were Protestants who disagreed with her in religious matters and who did not approve of a female leader. Through it all, Mary loved her country and only wanted to do what she thought was best for her subjects.


Schilling, Hayden




European History

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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