Until recently, the reign of Mary Tudor was generally seen as a sterile interlude in the Tudor century, with Mary herself dismissed as Bloody Mary . Extensive research in the past several decades has overturned these assumptions in almost every respect. In this succinct and up-to-date introduction to Mary s reign, Tittler and Richards provide new insight into the circumstances of Mary s accession and go on to show that her reign was a lot more stable, and her regime much more competent and innovative, than once believed.This fully revised third edition includes a diverse range of primary sources and sheds new light on a variety of topics, such as: The complexities of Mary s relations with Philip of Spain The restoration of Catholicism The use of visual as well as literary means to legitimize and support Mary s rule The context for the war with FranceThis concise and thought-provoking introduction is ideal for students and interested readers at all levels.
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