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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.
97,197. Queen Elizabeth I, conqueror of the Spanish Armada, Tudor defender of the Protestant faith, the headstrong virgin queen who refuses to marry. But of all her challenges, her most gruelling battle is with another woman – her own cousin – Mary Queen of Scots. Elizabeth will not face a more relentless threat to her Crown or her life. (Elizabeth I & England & Great Britain & Mary I) Bloody Queens: Elizabeth & Mary, BBC 2016
97,198. Elizabeth may despise Darnley but she never sends a single soldier to defend her cousin. (Elizabeth I & England & Great Britain & Mary I) ibid.
97,199. Elizabeth can’t bring herself to condemn Mary. Instead, she turns her rage on the young plotters. (Elizabeth I & England & Great Britain & Mary I) ibid.
97,200. After nineteen years of confinement, Mary is suddenly told that she will die the next morning at Fotheringay Castle February 8th 1587. (Elizabeth I & England & Great Britain & Mary I) ibid.