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  1. Tayla

    Thank you for writing this. I have dedicated myself to Mary, and I strongly agree with the argument that Mary was not evil, but rather deeply sad. Her religion was the only thing she could hold onto and have control over; despite it being threatened multiple times in her life, she kept to her faith. People know about the heresy executions but no one really considers how sad her life was. Had she been treated differently, especially by Henry, things would have been so different.

  2. Joan Sutton

    I sincerely doubt she was fluent in Greek – I’m assuming ancient Greek is meant.
    Nobody was, not even Elizabeth who studied Greek with her tutor every day, I once read.

  3. Amy

    Can you please reference a source that supports that Anne “made” Henry believe anything.
    I have read several sources that htat not only cite the possibility that Henry was considering divorce well prior to Anne being in the picture, but that also mention that the doctors had informed Henry that Catherine would not be able to bear children. Also while I don’t think I have ever read it straight out Henry doesn’t read (in recorded history anyways) as someone who was made to think anything, but could be manipulated, though manipulation only seems to have worked when the thing being sold to Henry was something he wanted before entering the conversation. Below is an example of a source that shows that we simply don’t know what event prompted Henry to seek a divorce.

    “No one is sure when Henry decided that his marriage to Catherine had to end simply because the evidence does not exist that can pinpoint an exact date. There were rumours in court of Henry wanting a divorce as early as 1520 but this was probably nothing more than mere court gossip based on no fundamental facts. Physicians, either in 1524 or 1525, told Henry that Catherine was unlikely to give birth again – so these dates may be correct. By 1527, he had become infatuated with Anne Boleyn – so this year may be when he decided that a divorce was needed. The truth is that historians simply do not know. What can be stated is that when Henry decided that his marriage to Catherine should end, he was not a man who was willing to change his mind”http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/tudor-england/henrys-divorce-from-catherine/

    • Tayla

      I think that once he read William Tyndale’s ‘The Obedience of a Christian Man’, and paired that with Leviticus 20:21, he felt that his inner thoughts had been justified, and that he was ‘obligated’ to divorce Katherine for the good of his conscience. Obviously he didn’t wake up one morning and suddenly decide to divorce her; I think it was a lot of little things that meshed up into one great problem. Anne supplied Tyndale’s book to Henry and he supposedly read it and said ‘This is a book for all kings to read’. There was Anne Boleyn, his desire for a male heir, his belief that his marriage to his brother’s widow was wrong (and technically, it was, because he’d had to get a papal dispensation to marry her in the first place — by the time he wanted to divorce her, there was a new pope), plus the fact that breaking with Rome had a lot of benefits for Henry, mainly the money from dissolving the monasteries, and the absolute power it would bring to him.

    • Tudors Dynasty

      My apologies, I wrote this blog (Oct 2015) not long after starting my site and I do not recollect my source for the statement that Anne made Henry believe she could give him a male heir. With that being said, I strongly believe this was part of Henry wanting to divorce Katherine and marry Anne. Henry’s desire for a male heir was so great that I don’t doubt that Anne convinced him she could give him the son he longed for.

      Do you disagree that Henry had a strong desire for a male heir?

  4. Joyce VandenBerg

    In spite of how sad her life was growing up, I find it very hard to feel sorry for this woman who sent so many to an unbelievably cruel and painful death. How can that not be described as evil??? I know Elizabeth was no angel either, but Mary seemed so set on slaughtering as many people as possible simply for their religious beliefs! And as for her sad earlier years, there were thousands of people in England’s lower classes who were probably sad all their lives because they had nothing. Or maybe they just didn’t have time to be sad, trying to simply survive in a very dangerous and stressful time!

  5. Joyce VandenBerg

    I would also like to comment on the way Anne Boleyn is so frequently blamed for Mary’s misfortune. This is about as unfair a charge as possible, since it was Henry and Henry alone who was responsible for this! Anne was hunted and stalked by Henry and she did at first resist him. But in the end she gave in and why shouldn’t she. She had every right to expect marriage from someone so powerful and determined to have her. If it had not been her it would no doubt have been someone else. And I disagree that Mary was a success. I think she was a failure. She isn’t called ‘Bloody Mary’ for nothing. Elizabeth’s was known as ‘Good Queen Bess’ on the other hand. I think it was a blessing that Mary could not have children. Imagine a spawn of Mary and Phillip of Spain ruling England instead of Elizabeth!

  6. Katie

    Why is it that everyone sticks up for Anne Boleyn? I mean, she caused so much pain for Katherine and Mary! She openly announced that she wished “all Spaniards were at the bottom of the sea!” Between her malicious intent towards them, and her poisoning Henry’s mind against them, I can’t believe that people are so sympathetic towards her, and so quick to denounce the people that she affected!!!!

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