Who was Bloody Mary?


Reign of the Marionettes opens with a prologue in which Queen Mary I looks out from a mourning coach, at Smithfield, London; watching Protestants being burned at the stake. Mary reigned for five years, between 1553 and 1558. The first Queen to rule in her own right over England and Ireland, she is remembered most for executing  up to three hundred Protestants. After her death, this earned her the title ‘Bloody Mary’.

Mary Tudor’s life seems filled with tragedy. The only surviving child of King Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, she was caught in the middle of their traumatic divorce. Prior to this, Mary had the love of both her parents and the status of Princess. An ardent Catholic, Mary refused to acknowledge her father’s new religion, or his new wife, Anne Boleyn. Distanced from her father and banned from seeing her mother, she was officially declared a bastard when Anne gave birth to her daughter, Elizabeth, and her title  changed to Lady Mary.

Athough she was brought back to Court after Anne Boleyn’s execution, Mary’s mother had already died and her father married another four times before his death. Mary was 37 when she finally became queen. One of the most tragic aspects of her life must be her marriage to  Philip of Spain and subsequent phantom pregnancies.

Were Mary’s phantom pregnancies psychological or physical? Did she have a hormonal disorder caused by a tumour of the pituitary gland? Could her distended abdomen have been caused by cancer? She died a few years later, at the age of 42, possibly from cancer.  Could her pregnancy have been a hydatidiform mole, either partial or complete? There was apparently rumour at the time of her birthing a mole. Or, did Mary have a phantom pregnancy brought on by a psychological yearning to have a baby and produce an heir?





Published by Sheena Macleod -Macmor Publishing

Writer of Historical Fiction. Avid reader and lover of all things bookish.

3 thoughts on “Who was Bloody Mary?

  1. Hi Sheena, looks interesting. I’m also into writing historical fiction. I’m writing a suspense drama concerning Richard III set in the present. I’ll be posting it on writeon soon.

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


Alternative-Read : The Official Writing Warriors United Books and Tours Blog!

Room With Books

~ Book Reviews and More ~

Timothy Bateson (ramblings of an author)

Thoughts and experiences of a writer!


Astral Lucid Music - Philosophy On Life, The Universe And Everything...

Internet very important use facilities In the world Because internet use my hobby

14 (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({ google_ad_client: "ca-pub-0130144384453489", enable_page_level_ads: true }); <a href="//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js">//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js</a> <!-- Mobile Ads --> <ins class="adsbygoogle" style="display:block;"></ins> (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Jilaine Tarisa

Living in the Moment

Sandra Ireland

Author. Tutor. Mentor

Books and Prejudice

I read. I judge. You can't get enough.


Author Susan Berry

Matt Cowper

Writer of Books

Alys in Bookland

Fall in this rabbit hole to bookland, a fantastic place full of amazing books.

Anytime Author Promotions

Budget Based Marketing

The Teapot and Pen

Welcome, Page Warriors

%d bloggers like this: