Princess Mary

Sarah Bolger

Henry‘s eldest daughter grew up disowned by her father and separated from her mother, Katherine of Aragon. At the urging of Queen Jane, Henry reconciled with Mary under the condition that she recognize him as head of the Church of England which, as a Catholic, she did with difficulty. After the death of Henry’s only son King Edward VI, she seized power, reinstated Catholicism and began a long series of executions of religious dissenters, earning her the epithet “Bloody Mary.”

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