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The Rule of Mary Tudor
Accession:

Populace in favour of her accession, felt duped by
Northumberland.
People in favour of religious reform (Catholicism
still popular.)
There was an immediate return to Catholic practises,
despite Edwardian religious legislation still being in
place.

Problems:

Mary inherited a Kingdom with fundamental
religious divisions.…

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Displayed suspicion of Spanish marriage.
Brought on Lady Jane Grey's execution.
Princess Elizabeth was arrested and thrown in tower
on suspicion of treason, although it could not be
substantiated.

King Philip II of Spain:

Arrived to poor weather, was made to feel
unwelcome at court, Mary was older and he'd…

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Mary's Parliaments:

1. 5th October ­ 6th December 1553 ­ married clergy
deprived of livings (over ¼ of parish clergy in London
affected) and Edward's ecclesiastical legislation
abolished.
2. 2nd April ­ 3rd May 1554
3. 12th November 1554 ­ 16th January 1555 ­ reversed
Henrician "Act of Attainder" against…

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Not one of the three main protagonists was fully in
touch with English religious sentiment; Mary had
been cut off from wider developments before her
accession, Philip had had no first-hand experience of
the English before his marriage to Mary and,
according to Robert Tittler, Pole "took England to
be…

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