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In his book WFM Prescott makes it quite clear that Mary I has come down in history with the unpleasant name of Bloody Mary because of the religious persecutions of her reign Also called Mary Tudor well-evidenced by the books title she was the daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon I must ass that Prescott does a bit more to honor Mary and begins well in part by writing how one of her first benevolent priorities was the return of the ceremonies and physical beauties of the old faith I learned from the book that years before the first parliament of the reign overturned all the Edwardian religious legislation white-washed churches decorated only with the royal arms and scriptural texts were apparently for the first time in quite a while-- flooded with color and movement as altars statues and painted windows were replaced and processions and ceremonies restored some of the confiscated church plate was turned round as soon as it reached the royalcoffers and restored to the churches and chapels from whichit had come And yes indeed-- Marys first acts were all apparently quite good-willed In accordance with the Articles of March 1554 which ordered observance of all manner of processions and laudable and honest ceremonies PalmSunday in London was marked by bearing of palms and GoodFriday by creeping to the cross with the cryptic lightsand the Resurrection on Easter Day Soon anniversariessuch as St Catherines Day and St Andrews Day were being observed with great solemnity and craft processions CorpusChristi plays and the old traditions forbidden by Protestants such as May games and morris dancing re-appeared Prescott writes how during the summer of 1554 when Marys marriage to Philip of Spain was solemnized at Winchester the church exterior and the choir were lavishly hung with tapestries and cloth of gold and the queens chapel joined the Winchester choir in such sweet proportion of music and harmony as was never
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