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Written by Nikki N
(9/11/2013 11:29 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Interesting...., penned by Michal
Actually Michal, I quite agree with you on the point about Katherine of Aragon's refusal to compromise. Linda Porter also made this point in her book -- K of A always claimed that her stand was a much for Mary as for herself but that this was a self-deception. She could have accepted a compromise in which she would enter a convent and Mary remained as legitimate and ahead of any younger daughters that her father might have (although behind any sons of course). Porter said that K of A was not aware of the full ruthlessness of Henry's personality, as she had known him in the years before his character deteriorated and became so terrible.
I also agree that "maybe the effect of Elizabeth growing up amidst all this train wreckage - her father, his six wives, Mary - she learned a very useful pragmatism and tolerance that helped make her such an exceptional ruler".
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