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Mary Tudor Introduction Although through the years Mary Tudor has been named Bloody Mary she turns out to be one of the kindest Tudors to ever live Her famed nickname was given to her because of the three hundred or more Protestants who were put to death during her reign Plowden p150 It was also to the amazement of everyone that she actually got to the throne Loades p3 First of all many considered her an illegitimate child of Henry VIII and that she in no way deserved the throne Also the idea of having only a queen solely rule the kingdom brought an upset to many nobles DM Loades Thirdly she was a sickly woman and well past her prime yearsshe was 37 when she came to the throne Plowden p137 Childhood In Greenwich Palace on February 18 1516 Mary Tudor was born BritainSuncom p1Mary was born to Henry VIII and his first wife Catherine of Aragon BritainSuncom p1 She was the fifth child to be born to them but she was the only one of the five to survive past birth BritainSuncom p1 She wasnt the healthiest of children either although this wasnt uncommon during this time period She was often ailed with headaches and poor vision BritainSuncom p1 Her parents both tried to keep her from becoming ill they went to extents of drawing out special routes so that when she traveled it would not be near any towns where even rumors of a break out had happenedErickson p42 Mary had a very nice childhood in terms of comfort and possessions but in time spent with her parents she was greatly lacking Erickson p36 Her father at first adored and loved her greatly because of her spunk sweetness and her ability to draw the love of all the adults who met her He even donned her with the nickname of the greatest pearl
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