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Queen Mary I of England

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Mary's father, Henry VIII, and her mother, Catherine of Argon, (“Mary Tudor”) had been trying to have children for years. Through several miscarriages, still-borns, and child deaths (“Childhood”), they finally gave birth to a precious baby girl on February 18, 1516 (“Mary Tudor”). She had a very fair complexion with grey eyes and red hair (Childhood). Henry VIII decided to name her Mary after his younger sister (“Childhood”). When Mary was born, she was quickly baptized catholic (“Mary Tudor”). As a child, Mary was outstanding. She was polite, charming, modest, affectionate, kindly, and exceedingly smart (Thurston). She learned to speak Latin, French, Spanish, and some Italian (“Childhood”). In 1525, her father sent her to live on the border of Wales, while he attempted to negotiate a marriage for her (“Mary Tudor”).
When Mary was fairly young, her parents separated and her father remarried Anne Boleyn (“Mary Tudor”). Mary was not allowed to see her mother because Henry believed that she would side with her mother in the divorce proceedings, but they often wrote letters to each other (“Childhood”). Shortly after Anne was married into royalty, she felt Mary and her half-sister, Elizabeth, was a threat to her throne, therefore she pressed for an act of Parliament to declare the sisters illegitimate (“Mary Tudor”). This meant that the girls were no longer considered "princesses" and were now "Lady Mary and Elizabeth" this also took them out of consideration to ever rule England. During the time of the King's new marriage, Henry and his children became distant. Eventually, King Henry VIII beheaded Anne Boleyn and remarried Jane Seymour (“Mary Tudor”). Jane made Henry make amends with his daughters (“Mary Tudor”). Du...

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