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Written by Michal
(9/12/2013 11:04 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, chilling events, penned by Nikki N
I think in large part the bloody sobriquet became attached to Mary because England hadn't previously seen heretic persecutions on that scale. Henry VIII, proclaimed protector of the faith by the Pope, burned maybe one hundred people in almost 40 years. His son Edward, only a couple during his brief Protestant reign. Mary burned almost 300 in 4-5 years. Elizabeth burned 5 in 40. Mary stands out and I think that's why she's called "bloody." She may not have been particularly bloody compared to Isabella, Ferdinand, Charles, Phillip...but she was certainly an aberration in English history. (Mary came from the family with arguably the highest royal body count of heretic during this period and I still think that influenced her much more than the traumas of her childhood - except that those traumas tended to make her look to her mother's family rather than her father's. She certainly looked to Charles V as a father figure.)
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