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Written by Nikki N
(9/10/2013 1:37 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, yes but..., penned by Michal
Elizabeth's childhood and teenaged years was unlike Mary's. She was too young to realize what was happening when her mother was executed, and Mary was kind and generous to her when she was a child and they were both bastardized by their father. Mary welcomed Elizabeth in the early months of her reign, but their partisans on both sides did their best to drive the sisters apart. Mary however refused to have Elizabeth executed, and Elizabeth was treated honourably when she was under house arrest on suspicion of treason.
Elizabeth was certainly never humiliated as Anne Boleyn ordered Mary to be humiliated. Anne appointed her aunt Lady Sheldon to have charge of Mary in order to make Mary's life a misery, ordering Lady Sheldon to give Mary a box on the ears every now and then for persisting in calling herself princess. Lady Sheldon was often unkind to Mary, but refused to go so far as to resort to actual physical assault. She was then rebuked for being too "kind" to the bastard Mary, and retorted that even if Mary was the bastard of a poor gentleman, she deserved to be treated with kindness. When Mary pleaded indisposition to get her meals sent to her room, Anne ordered that Mary should be starved if she refused to eat in the hall with the other servants. I find Anne's treatment of Mary to be quite unforgivable. Anne does not deserve credit for the greatness of Elizabeth's reign, for she had little influence over Elizabeth's life, but if Mary did indeed become a monstrous ruler, the damage and deep psychological scars inflicted by Anne's cruel, spiteful and vicious treatment of her must be at least partly responsible.
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