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30,305. And so England’s first female ruler since Queen Matilda ascended the throne with just two aims in mind: to return England to its obedience to Rome and to produce a Catholic male heir to keep it that way. (Great Britain & England & Mary) Simon Schama, A History of Britain: Burning Convictions
30,670. In 1553 the only heirs to the Tudor throne were female. The next three monarchs of England would be women. (England & Mary) Dr Helen Castor, She-Wolves: England’s Early Queens III: Jane, Mary & Elizabeth
30,672. Mary’s fear was that faith would usurp bloodline. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,675. Mary was determined she would be queen. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,677. Mary became the first Queen of England to be crowned in her own right. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,678. Mary’s decision to marry Philip [II] has been seen as the defining mistake of her reign. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,680. Mary knew she needed an heir. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,681. Mary undid Edward’s Protestant Reformation. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,682. On 17th November 1558 Mary died. (England & Mary) ibid.
115,227. The [Privy] Council had put Jane on the throne and now they abandon her and declare for Mary. (England & Mary) Helen Castor, England’s Forgotten Queen: The List and Death of Lady Jane Grey III, BBC 2018
115,228. Mary looked for a bloodless resolution. (England & Mary) ibid.
30,944. She [Mary] prosecuted protestants with such vigour that it’s tainted her reputation ever since. (England & Mary) Dr Lucy Worsley, Fit to Rule: How Royal Illness Changed History I, BBC 2013
30,945. Mary is one of history’s losers. (England & Mary) ibid.
112,899. For Mary was Edward’s legal heir: she would succeed as queen and supreme head. (Monarchy & England & Mary) Monarchy by David Starkey s2e3: Shadow of a King
112,900. With her pregnancy exposed as a delusion power started to ebb away from the queen. (Monarchy & England & Mary) ibid.