I want it to be a great book which just happens to be set in the 16th century. Every time I slumber or groan my way through the latest awful Tudor fiction full of heaving bosoms and Egads!
Author Stephanie Mann has recommended this article about Mary Tudor in our ongoing quest to understand the tragedy of that brief but transforming reign. Richards' Mary Tudor is certainly on my wish list as well.
Here is a review of Richards' book on Mary Tudor: In the Venetian ambassador, Giovanni Michiel, wrote a lengthy report on the appearance and personality of Queen Mary I, that has become a valuable source in the examination of this figure.
Previous work on English female rule has focused almost predominately on Elizabeth I. Yet as Richards identifies, Mary preceded Elizabeth and successful met challenges including attempting to curb the power of her consort, Philip of Spain.
Instead Mary appears as a ruler who was very wary of others encroaching upon her authority. Richards rejects the notion that Mary was the blindly devoted Catholic of Protestant myth. Instead Mary actually encountered problems with the papacy and ultimately defied the pope by refusing to send Cardinal Reginald Pole back to Rome so he may be tried on charges of heresy.
It has never been popular to consider that the pair had much in common, particularly in regards to religion. But as Richards shows, Mary was also favourable to the English Bible having encouraged the preparation of another during her reign.
She also agreed with the Henrician settlement on certain points; for example she and Henry were in agreement on the subject of clerical celibacy and the absolute necessity of recognising the real presence at the mass. And of course both conflicted with the papacy, albeit in varying degrees.
Richards also argues that when England did go to war with the French, something historians have attacked as absolutely disastrous, there was a significant degree of support in England for the move.
The biography also illustrates the alleged and genuine frustrations the English government had with the French prior to the declaration of war that indicates that decision to enter conflict was not solely or even mainly to do with support for the Hapsburgs.
However the biography is not without faults. I would have liked a larger section on the Marian persecutions as owing to its controversy and the fact that for many it has defined Mary and her reign, it is therefore a subject that needs much analysis. But perhaps Richards was making a point with the fact that only ten pages in her book are specifically dedicated to this.
Arguably she could have gone further in such comparisons in her general argument that the Marian burnings were not incredibly unique. I think this is important to assert as Mary is a figure that can be liable to and has actually been represented in an extremely malicious or even very saintly fashion, both such views being gross exaggerations.
Instead, as Richards shows us, she was an active sixteenth-century monarch like her father and her sister and just as we must recognise her participation in the successes of her reign, so we must identify her role in the actions which we are repulsed by.
This is a valid point as some things are skipped over. If I am not mistaken Richards failed to mention the formation of the Muscovy Company inwhich marked significant trade links between England and Russia. Overall Ireland and Wales are rarely if ever in regards to the latter mentioned in this work.
Despite these criticisms, Judith Richards work on Mary is an engrossing, innovative study which has enriched scholarship on this period and will be extremely useful for historians and students of this era. It is a shame that this book has not received much publicity, whilst another and less superior recent biography on Mary has.
Undoubtedly this biography is the most important one of Mary in regards to her marriage, her husband’s role as King of England, and Anglo-Spanish relations in general throughout the course of Mary’s lifetime. A Biography of Mary Tudor I an Important Renaissance Figure PAGES 1. WORDS View Full Essay. More essays like this: renaissance period, henry 8 daughter, mary tudor 1, tudors. Not sure what I'd do without @Kibin - Alfredo Alvarez, student @ Miami University. Exactly what I needed. Seeking to return England to the Catholic Church, she persecuted hundreds of Protestants and earned the moniker "Bloody Mary." She died at St. James Palace in London on November 17, Early Life. Mary Tudor was born on February 18, , at the Palace of Placentia in Greenwich, England.
This book, though useful for academics, is also accessible for those who know little about Mary and her reign and want a well written and fascinating biography.May 23, · Neither was an important part of the Renaissance by herself, but Mary Tudor tried to force England back to Roman Catholicism during her short reign of five years.
Her father, Henry VIII, had begun the move, and it became stronger under his Protestant son, Edward urbanagricultureinitiative.com: Resolved. Throughout the Renaissance period there were many significant people.
Among these significant people lived Mary Tudor I. Mary I is the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.
Some would say that she suffered through a terrible childhood of neglect, intolerance, and ill health, where. Elizabeth's father, Henry VIII, and her mother, Anne Boleyn, had two other children who ruled before Elizabeth.
Edward, the first to rule, was crowned king at the age of nine, when King Henry VIII died in Mary, Elizabeth's half sister, was crowned queen when Edward died in When Mary died in , Elizabeth took over the throne. The sad life of England’s first female ruler is rendered even more tragic in comparison with her half-sister and successor’s reign.
Poor Mary Tudor, destined – like her half-brother and predecessor – to languish between those two giants of . Aug 05, · The ambassador’s claims show us the prejudice that Mary as a female ruler encountered throughout her reign, problems which Richards explores exceptionally well in this work.
Richard’s biography is superb in analysing the subject of female rule in the sixteenth-century and in the context of the reign of Mary urbanagricultureinitiative.com: elena maria vidal.
Undoubtedly this biography is the most important one of Mary in regards to her marriage, her husband’s role as King of England, and Anglo-Spanish relations in general throughout the course of Mary’s lifetime.