John edwards a leading scholar of english and spanish history is the first to make full use of continental archives in this context especially spanish ones to demonstrate how marys culture catholic faith and politics were thoroughly spanish. The lifestory of mary i daughter of henry viii and his spanish wife catherine of aragon is often distilled to a few dramatic episodes her victory over the attempted coup by lady jane grey the imprisonment of her half sister elizabeth the bloody burning of protestants her short marriage to philip of spain. Mary is seen as a grim faced catholic fanatic who wore black was wrinkled and ugly and lived in the gloomy shadows of childlessness and political and religious failure. Mary i the daughter of time penguin monarchs john edwards on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers mary i 1553 58 became englands ruler on the unexpected death of her brother edward vi her short reign is one of the great potential turning points in the countrys history as a convinced catholic and the wife of philip ii. Book review mary i englands catholic queen by john edwards posted on january 2 2018 by susan abernethy this book is one volume in the outstanding yale english monarchs series and was published in 2011
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