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What was Queen Mary I of England like?
What was she like? Her personality?
Was she a very miserable lady?
Is it likely she had depression or psychological issues?
Was she popular ?
- Anonymous3 months ago
Made religion a burning issue, married the King of Spain and carelessly lost Calais.
She was not very popular and not very happy by all accounts; she was ill for the latter part of her reign and died of cancer.
- CloLv 73 months ago
Mary I is best known for her trying to reverse the English Reformation--the switching from Catholicism to Church of England. Mary was known as Bloody Mary for her execution of religious dissenters.
Mary was quite smart:
"Mary was a precocious child. In July 1520, when scarcely four and a half years old, she entertained a visiting French delegation with a performance on the virginals (a type of harpsichord). A great part of her early education came from her mother, who consulted the Spanish humanist Juan Luis Vives for advice and commissioned him to write De Institutione Feminae Christianae, a treatise on the education of girls. By the age of nine, Mary could read and write Latin. She studied French, Spanish, music, dance, and perhaps Greek."
Her father, Henry VIII, was proud of her but disappointed that she was not a boy. His quest to have a son caused Mary much heartache.
Mary was sickly as a teenager," irregular menstruation and depression, although it is not clear whether this was caused by stress, puberty or a more deep-seated disease." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_I_of_England
She was not allowed to see her mother and deemed illegitimate so her father could marry Anne Boleyn. She eventually reconciled with her father.
Mary was not popular with Protestants, since she tried to bring the Catholic faith back into precedence:
"Although Mary's rule was ultimately ineffectual and unpopular, the policies of fiscal reform, naval expansion, and colonial exploration that were later lauded as Elizabethan accomplishments were started in Mary's reign."