Queen Mary I was the daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon, sister of Edward VI and Elizabeth I, and wife of Philip II of Spain. She had a relatively short reign, ruling from July 1553 to her death in November 1558, but although she is often neglected in favour of her more famous sister, she is well-known.
Mary has been brought to life on screen by actresses such as Romola Garai in Becoming Elizabeth, Sarah Bolger in the Tudors, Kathy Burke in the Cate Blanchett Elizabeth movie, Jane Lapotaire in Lady Jane, and Joanne Whalley in The Virgin Queen, among others… and she is one of those historical characters who divides opinion, and of whom people have very strong views.
I thought it would be interesting to hear what you, as a Tudor history lover, think about Mary I.
Don’t think about it too much. I just want to hear what words spring to your mind when I say Mary I. Please do share as a comment. I don’t expect a long comment. Just a word or a few words. The first thing that pops into your head.
I’ll then share the results.
You can find out about my online event “Discovering Mary I” at https://claireridgway.com/events/mary-2023/