The death of Jane Grey

Posted in Uncategorized on fevereiro 12, 2012 by Jessica

The death of Lady Jane Grey, Mary’s cousin.

File:Paul Delaroche - The Execution of Lady Jane Grey.jpg

The first point to be observed is that Jane, was a fervent protestant and would become a strong figure to fight for. Also, she was the grand-daughter of Duchess Mary Tudor, queen Mary I’s paternal aunt thus, possessed a claim to the throne, weaker than Mary, still a claim.

The second point is that Jane Grey’s father was involved in the Wyatt’s rebel, supporting the rebels. This act, selead Jane’s fate forever.

A third point, and one i find the most important, is that Mary, as the first woman to be a ruler queen of England, faced many trials, those who would for sure be used as example by her sister, Elizabeth, in her days.
Mary should show to them, strengh as a ruler. Mary I, very reluctant, accepted to execute her younger cousin, Jane Grey. Its good to remember that Mary was urged by her council to act like “ a queen and leave the kindness way”

As said before, Mary didn’t want to have Jane executed. Soon after she was proclaimed queen, her cousin, the emperor urged her to have Jane and her husband executed, but Mary and a merciful queen, responded:
“could not be induced to consent that she should die” and “my conscience,”
Mary declared to the ambassador, “will not permit me to have her put to death.”

 Unfortunately, for Jane things went wrong. A sole victim men politics? A girl who really believed she should be queen to save England’s protestantism? We maybe will never know, but it’s great to keep speculating. 


Mary Tudor, Anne Whitelock.



PS: Sorry for the format of the text, i’m working on it to get this blog better.


The Relationships of Lady Mary Tudor: Henry VIII and his consort Katherine Parr pt. 1

Posted in Uncategorized on setembro 26, 2011 by Jessica

A wonderful article made by Golden aged a blog especially for Queen Katherine Parr, last wife of Henry VIII and Tudor History.

The Relationships of Lady Mary Tudor: Henry VIII and his consort Katherine Parr pt. 1

Throughout the reign of Henry VIII, as many know, he had six different wives. The first of these wives was the daughter of King Ferdinand II of Aragon and Queen Isabella I of Castile, Infanta Catalina; or as most have come to know her in England – Katherine of Aragon. Katherine came to England to marry the older brother of Henry who was then heir to the throne of England; Arthur, Prince of Wales. Shortly after their marriage Arthur died and Katherine was left a widow at an early age. To avoid returning her large dowry to her father Katherine was married to Arthur’s younger brother, then Henry, Duke of York. The marriage between Katherine and Henry produced only one child who would live to adulthood, a girl, the future Queen Mary I of England. In Tudor times, not having a male heir was particularly troublesome as the country had just been through a civil war in which Henry’s father seized the crown. Henry VIII was only the second Tudor monarch, a son of both the houses of Lancaster and York. Henry felt that a male heir was essential; after all, the last woman to reign as queen regent was the tumultuous reign of Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I.
English school portrait of Princess Mary Tudor
Born Princess Mary of England, Mary was the daughter of King Henry VIII and his first wife Katherine of Aragon. Her mother, after two decades of marriage to the King, had given birth to six children. Out of the six, only one would survive infancy, their daughter Mary. Katherine had produced no surviving sons, leaving their daughter, the future Mary I of England, as heiress presumptive at a time when there was no established precedent for a woman on the throne. At this time is when Henry began to take interest in one of Katherine’s ladies, Anne Boleyn. In Anne, Henry saw the possibility of having a male heir; to continue his father’s legacy. After going through a great bit of trouble – which included a break from Rome – Henry “divorced” Katherine and “married” Anne under his Church of England. This break and marriage would come to change England and inevitably changed Henry for the rest of his life. Henry would go on to have again, one daughter, with Anne. During this marriage, Princess Mary, now within her teens, went from being a legitimate Princess and daughter of Henry VIII to an illegitimate “bastard” under Henry’s new succession act. Mary was forced to live below the standards of what she had become accustomed to and was forced to accept that her mother was no longer queen of England. After only a few years of marriage to Anne, Henry became convinced that his second wife could not produce a male heir and literally disposed her for yet another lady-in-waiting, Jane Seymour. During her short reign, Jane tried to reconcile Henry with his daughter Mary. It was through this “precious” lady that Henry finally got what he wanted; a male heir, named Edward. To Henry’s misfortune, only twelve days after giving birth to Edward, Jane died. Henry would go on to marry three more times after Jane. Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and a woman named Katherine Parr. It was the last of Henry’s wives who would come to reconcile Mary, along with her half-siblings, with Henry.
Katherine Parr was born in 1512. Through her father’s descent from the Beaufort, Holland, and other families, she was a cousin of Princess Mary. She was a few years older than Mary who was born in 1516. Katherine’s mother, Maud, had become a lady-in-waiting to Princess Mary’s mother shortly after her marriage to Sir Thomas Parr. Katherine was named after the queen and it is thought that the queen was her godmother.
Maud’s relationship with the Queen was unlike that of most queens and their ladies. It was a relationship that went much deeper than “giddy pleasure”. Both knew what it was like to lose a child in stillbirths and in infancy. It was Katherine Parr’s mother, Maud, who shared in the horrible miscarriages and deaths in which Queen Katherine would endure from 1511 to 1518. The two bonded over the issue, as Maud had experienced the death of her eldest, an infant boy, and later a miscarriage or early infant mortality after the birth of three healthy children. Because of these shared experiences, the queen and Maud became close.
After her husband died in 1517, Maud continued her position at court as one of Katherine of Aragon’s household and stayed close to the Queen even when her relationship with Henry started to decline in the 1520s. In 1525, when Henry’s infatuation with one of Katherine’s ladies, Anne Boleyn, became apparent, inevitably the ladies began to take sides. In these times, Queen Katherine never lost the loyalty and affection of women like Maud Parr, Gertrude Courtenay, and Elizabeth Howard, who had been with the Queen since the first years of her reign. Maud stayed with Queen Katherine until the end of her own life in 1531.
It has been said that Katherine Parr and Princess Mary were educated together. While Katherine’s mother attended on the queen, Katherine was at Parr house in Blackfriars, London. Katherine was not brought to court with her mother and probably the only time, if any, that she was in contact with the royal family was at her christening. Katherine and other daughters of the court were taught separately while Princess Mary, who had her own household, was taught by private tutors.
Henry VIII and his fifth consort, Katherine Howard
After the disastrous marriage of the King and Katherine Howard, the King was no longer looking for flighty relationships that stirred his passions. Henry had learned a tough lesson with Katherine Howard and was determined more than ever to find an intelligent, honest, loving, and devoted wife. He wanted someone he could hold an actual conversation with; a companion. Another quality Henry looked for in a wife was someone who could be a perfect companion to his eldest daughter, now styled The Lady Mary Tudor. After years of tension and multiple step-mothers whom Mary had mixed relations with, Henry must have felt he owed her that much.
After the death of Katherine Howard, Mary enjoyed far greater favor from her father and presided over court feasts as if she was queen herself. For New Year’s, Mary was showered with lavish gifts from her father. Within the presents were ‘two rubies of inestimable value.’ However, it was during this time that Mary suffered from chronic ill-health linked to anxiety, depression, and irregular menstruation. These health issues along with others would continue until Mary’s death. Thankfully by Christmas 1542, Mary had recovered and was summoned to court for the great Christmas festivities. Her quarters at Hampton court were worked on day and night to prepare for her arrival. The Imperial Ambassador, Chapuys, reported that the King ‘spoke to her in the most gracious and amiable words that a father could address to his daughter.’
Katherine Parr would marry twice before her marriage to King Henry in 1543. Her first marriage would be to her distant relative, Sir Edward Borough in 1529; which ended in about 1533 with his death. Her next marriage was to her father’s second cousin, Sir John Neville, 3rd Baron Latimer of Snape in 1534. With this marriage, Katherine became Lady Latimer. She was the first of her family to marry into peerage since her great-aunt, Maud Parr, Lady Dacre. With this marriage also came two step-children from Latimer’s first marriage to Dorothy De Vere. For about a decade, Katherine would experience the joy of being a step-mother. It was during this time that she became extremely close to her step-daughter, Margaret, which was somewhat of a pre-cursor to Katherine’s future relationship with the Lady Elizabeth, Henry’s youngest daughter. By the time Lord Latimer had died, Katherine was left a rich widow and was asked by Latimer to look after his daughter until the age of her maturity. It has been said that Katherine became a lady in the household of Lady Mary during this time, but biographers Susan James and Linda Porter have different opinions. It was thought by James that because Mary remembered the kindness Katherine’s mother had shown her mother that she gladly took Katherine as one of her ladies. Porter disputes this saying it would have been below Katherine’s standing as the widow of a peer who had her own establishments and a large settlement from her husband’s death. Truth be told, many courtiers and wives of peers were ladies to royals in Tudor England. It was a wonderful opportunity, kept them busy, and at the center of court. Katherine’s sister, Anne, would serve all of Henry’s wives, including her. After the death of Lord Latimer, Katherine began a fling with the brother of former queen Jane Seymour, Sir Thomas Seymour. The two were most likely planning to be wed, but before the two could marry, Katherine would first catch the attention of King who quickly proposed.
The Ladies Mary and Elizabeth c. 1545
In spring before the wedding, Katherine would appear at court with both Lady Mary and Lady Elizabeth. The fact that the two had not been together earlier that spring and were now with Katherine and her sister at court was seen as significant. Katherine believed that a good relationship with the two was fundamental to her strategy. Once married, and confident as queen, she could develop the relationships further.
Katherine would go on to marry the King in July of that year. Within those who were present were the Ladies Mary and Elizabeth. With the marriage came three new step-children for Katherine to take care of. Instead of seeing it as her “duty”, she saw it as an opportunity as she had still not produced any children of her own.

The relationship between princess Mary, Queen Anne of Cleves and Queen Kathryn Howard:

Posted in Uncategorized on agosto 27, 2011 by Jessica

   It was portrait in S3 of “The tudors”  Mary not accepting her father’s and cromwell’s choice for wife, the german so called lutheran princess, Anne of Cleves.

Was it the truth? Mary’s reaction about Anne of Cleves? According to Alison Weir, indeed it was:

The religion of the bride provoked some comment. The Lady Mary was at first dismayed to learn that her father was marrying a Lutheran heretic”. 

Anne of Cleves

 My personal opinion comes now, i don’t find Alison the better resource, but since it was show on the series i believe it’s important to point this out.

Antonia Fraser says otherwise:

 “Maria(Anne’s mother) was no Isabella of Castile; nor  were the exciting ideas of the Renaissance in educating  women, or at least princesses. Duchess Maria was a  strict catholic she was not subject to the liberal  reforming that of which her father and husband were  connected with. Maria was strict and believed in a strict  upbringing for her daughters”

So, Anne of Cleves, being Catholic or Lutheran she was very well loved by her stepdaughters. As ‘sister of the king” after her shameful divorce, she was often invited to court and to receive the good presence of both Mary and Elizabeth, Who were very found on her.

Is important to remember that when Mary entered in London as Queen of England, she rode besides Anne of Cleves and her sister, Elizabeth.

When The king divorced Anne of Cleves he already possessed a new Queen in his mind, she was Norfolk’s  niece, cousin to the doomed Anne Boleyn, her name was Kathryn Howard and she have been lady in waiting to the Cleves Queen.

Kathryn Howard.

At first Mary didn’t like Kathryn, why?

  • Maybe for her manners, not for a Queen
  • Maybe because of her link to Anne Boleyn
  • Or even because of her age.

Mary was older and still unmarried, while Kathryn, a child was married to the king of England. Anna Whitelock says:

Relations between Mary and Katherine Howard were initially fraught. The new queen was a cousin of Anne Boleyn and five years younger than Mary. On December 5, Chapuys told the emperor’s sister that the queen had tried to remove two of Mary’s attendants because she believed that the princess was showing less respect to her than to her predecessors. Mary’s behavior evidently improved, as it was soon reported that she had “found means to conciliate” Katherine and “thinks her maids will remain

So things didn’t start well, but soon would change.

Mary and Kathryn changed their actiosn towars each other, Mary show respect to her Queen and Kathryn recognized her atittudes. They even coper together David Starkey appoints one of chapuys that both Royal couple wen to to visti the Prince at Watham Holy Cross at the request of the king’s Elder daughter, but chiefly at the intercession of the Queen herself.Kathryn Howard

Also, according to Chapuys, Henry gave permission to Mary stay in court and was received in good graces by the queen’s part.

Kathryn seems to have cared for her Mary, when she showed to the Queen the respect she deserved, and she even cared for her kin, Elizabeth, giving her gifts.

David Starkey says that she was working to make the Royal family all united, together, sad that her destiny didn’t left her doing so.


Anne Whitelock- Princess, bastard and Queen

David starkey- The six wives of Henry the VIII

Alison Weir -The six wives of Henry the VIII

Antonia Fraser- The six wives of Henry the VIII

The relationship between Queen Jane Seymour and Princess Mary

Posted in Uncategorized on agosto 20, 2011 by Jessica
The “new” Beggining in the new queen.

The June 22 of 1536 was, for sure, the worst day of Mary’s life.
She signed to oath, submitted to her father’s will and wishes.

Mary & Henry in her return to court in The Tudors

Sarah Bolger as Princess Mary Tudor and Jonathan Rhys Meyers as king Henry VIII in the series " the tudors"

Mary was broken inside because she gone against her consciousness, her mother’s memory and of what she grew up knowing about herself. Henry, on the other hand rejoiced of his elder daughter’s submission and to show his “kindness” sent her a new wardrobe and a few more servents .

The princess had a very good allied in her return to court. Her name was Jane Seymour and she was the new Queen of England.
according to Antonia Fraser:

The treatment that she(Jane) gave to Mary was very sensible…”

Henry and his new Queen, Jane Seymour went to see her, secretaly 3 weeks later the princess’s submission.
Jane Seymour gave Mary a diamond ring and Henry 1,000 crowns . They spent one night and Henry did promise, when he was departing that she would be brought to court to take her place immediately after the queen.

It’s easy to understand why Jane help Mary, she have empathy for the conservative faction, she was catholic Just like Catherine and Mary. Her duty was to confort the princess and maybe, help her return to the sucession.

The happy family spent the chrstimas together, they rode from westminster through the city of London to Greenwich.

Queen Jane Seymour

Was Jane just being a docile mother to the princess or Jane, being a catholic, a member of the conservative faction orchestrating a reconciliation between England and Rome?

When Prince Edward Tudor was born, Mary  was choosen his godmother by the orders of Queen Jane, Who soon died leaving the world, the king, the Prince and her beloved step daughter.

Mary was terrible sad and the first obsequies she didn’t take part, but at the end she serve as chied mourner .

Jane left jewels, perfume and other several things to her stepdaughters, especially For Mary.
Jane Seymour: Politically interested or Just a kind woman, Mary was motherless, once more.

Sources: Anna Whitelock- Princess, Bastard and Queen
Antonia Fraser: Six wives of Henry VIII

The relationship between queen Anne Boleyn and Princess Mary

Posted in Uncategorized on agosto 13, 2011 by Jessica

The relationship of Queen Anne Boleyn and princess Mary

Anne Boleyn and Mary Tudor shared so many qualities. Both were fashionable, very well educated, were musicals and very strong . However, destiny chose both to be enemies.

I admit it was very hard for me, both are my favorite Tudor historical characters (besides Elizabeth) and the same time and devotion that i dispose to study  and write about Mary, i do exactly for Anne Boleyn.

In this article i want to seek how both woman felt. What’s the situation that lies behind the Queen and the princess to show why they acted as they did.

Princess of no realm

Mary, as we have seen in the previous article (the relationship with Catherine and Henry) was raised very closely to Catherine and was very influenced by her, that’s maily the reason why she stood up by her mother’s side in the time of “the great matter”.

carolyn Meyer book's cover, Mary, Bloody Mary.

Also, as i have Said in the previous article, Mary was in the middle of a battle between her parents and she paid the much higher price. Until the new queen bore her child no politcs were made in regard of Mary, she was still the king’s heir, the king’s rightful daughter, the princess of England, eventhough he was already married to queen Anne Boleyn, she was already crowned and Catherine with a new title, princess dowager. Soon it would change, in september  7th of 1533 Queen Anne delivered not the expected baby boy, but a health baby girl, named Elizabeth.

Now, make a little exercise, put yourself in this Young girl’s place. Your world is just falling apart and you can’t even go after your mother for help.

Mary lost her father’s affection , lost the contact with her mother  and friends such as lady Salisbury. Worse than that was to serve her new born sister, princess Elizabeth. Mary was feeling  humiliated and wronged. Who Mary blame for her world falling apart? Her name was Anne Boleyn.

When Mary was stripped of her titles and household she said that would call Elizabeth her sister as much as she did with Henry Fitzroy (bastard son of the king by Bessie Blount) but the title of princess still belongs to her.

When Anne heard of it, according to Anne Whitelock in her book on Mary:

“As soon as Anne Boleyn came to hear of this, she quickly stepped in, instructing her aunt that if Mary continued to behave in this way she was to be starved back into the hall, and if she tried to use the banned title of princess she was to have her ears boxed “as the cursed bastard.”

So, was Anne that “wicked” stepmother from fairytales or there was a reason behing her behaviour

Now we Will se Anne’s side of the story.

Wicked stepmother or an insecure Queen?

Anne knew (or she thought) what would happen to her if she didn’t give to the king what he desired most and what the dinasty need, the heir of the throne, the Prince of England.  Princess Mary’s obstinancy  made things even worse .

According to Eric Ives on his book on Anne says:
This is not to say that Anne was guiltless. Chapuys’ letters are full of her

railing against Mary and of her lurid threats to curb ‘her proud Spanish

blood’. But much though the ambassador warned of poison and worse,

Anne was ranting, not thinking. There is an obvious ring of truth in his

story that, assuming she would be regent if, as expected, Henry went to

Calais to meet Francis I again, Anne swore to seize that chance to put

Mary to death. When her brother pointed out, very simply, that this would

anger the king, she retorted that she did not care, even if she was burned

for doing it.

So Anne’s language was violent and threatening, but this

Sprang not from malevolence but from self-defence.

Anne was well known for her temperament , she was explosive, but not necessarily a cold murder  and there was no way that the death of Catherine and Mary, as her making, would help her nor she would do it knowing the consequences of these acts.

Eric says too how Anne tried to have a good relationship with the princess

On three distinct occasions Anne put out feelers for a better relationship. In February

or March 1534, when on a visit to Elizabeth, she offered to welcome

Mary if she would accept her as queen, and to reconcile her with her

father. Mary’s response was that she knew no queen but her mother, but

that if the king’s mistress would intercede with her father she would be

grateful “                                                  

Sarah Bolger as princess Mary and Natalie Dormer as Queen Anne Boleyn

That was portrait in the tudors.


Another time…

 “By a message if Mary would obey the king she would find Anne a second mother, and be asked for minimal courtesies only. When Mary replied discouragingly that she would obey

her father as far as honour and conscience allowed, Anne tried to frighten

and warn her at the same time”

Warn about if she didn’t obey her father, the king, something worse could happen to her. From who did Mary believe these threats were coming?

Would Henry VIII demand the execution of his own daughter? The once pearl of his kingdom?
i really do not doubt of that option.

Now, let’s make the same exercise we did before.
Put  yourself on Anne’s place.  The king’s now ex-wife still calls herself Queen, her daughter still calls herlsef princess, you should give a baby boy to the king, but you give him another “useless” girl, you are not the most “popular” Queen of your country while the ex and her daughter won more and more empathy and affection.

from Carolyn Meyer's book cover "doomed queen Anne"

She went paranoid and afraid and i really agree with Eric Ives when he says that her actions towards Mary, the horrible treatament to the poor girl,  are consequence of a self – defense behaviour.

Henry VIII: The really one to blame

When Queen Anne was “plotting” against her stepdaughter, it was Henry VIII, Mary’s father the obligation to protect her from anything Anne would (or not) do against her.

But he didn’t, simple because Mary denied to accept his changes in the policies, the religion and in the family matters.

So she would pay.

According to Anna Whitelock:

“The following day, Thomas Howard, duke of Norfolk, was sent to Beaulieu to inform Mary that her father desired her “to go to the Court and service of [Elizabeth], whom he named Princess.” Mary responded that “the title belonged to herself and no other.” Norfolk made no answer, declaring “he had not come to dispute but to accomplish the King’s will.” When Mary was told that she would be allowed to take very few servants with her, Margaret Pole—her longtime governess and godmother, who had been in Mary’s entourage since the princess was three—asked if she might continue to serve Mary at her own expense and pay for the whole household. Her request was refused.9 Henry wanted Mary, like Katherine, to be separated from those she trusted to encourage her submission.”

And  according to stakey:

“‘He had not spoken to [Mary]’, he informed the French ambassador, ‘on account of her obstinacy, which came from her Spanish blood.”

So Henry VIII, Mary’s father appoint her to the humiliation of being her half sister’s servant and about her obstinancy, he blames her “spanish blood”, so it’s like she is not his daughter at all or in less horrible way, her “flaws” comes from her mother, not him.

Anne Boleyn, already kept in the tower asked to the wife of lord Kingston to go and “kneel before Mary and beg her pardon for all the wrongs she had done against her.”

Mary in a letter to Cromwell in the year of 1536:
“I perceived that nobody durst speak for me as long as that woman lived, which is now gone(referring to queen Anne) whom I pray to our Lord, of his great mercy to forgive”

So still, Mary believed  was Anne Boleyn to blame for her situation, however  the truth still come .  the princess was still out of favour after Anne’s death, to be welcome back to her father’s affections she should do it, recognize her illegitimacy, the most difficult thing Mary have ever done. Accept she was a bastard to her father’s law and eyes, that her mother was never Queen and she was never a princess.

Who is to blame for Mary’s suffering? To me is only Henry VIII.




Anne Whitelock: Princess, bastard and Queen

Eric Ives: Life and death of Anne Boleyn

David Starkey: The six wives of Henry VIII

Claire Ridgway’s article on Anne Boleyn files: Anne Boleyn and Mary Tudor.

The Relationship of Mary and her parents, King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on agosto 4, 2011 by Jessica

Happy Royal Family.

Mary was very well loved and raised by Queen Catherine of Aragon and King Henry VIII; Is recorded that Henry adored to show her with proud to his guests and courtiers

According to David Starkey in his book “Six wives of Henry VIII”

“One such occasion took place on 23 February 1518, when the

Venetian ambassador, Giustiniani, had an audience at Windsor.

The King ordered the Princess, who had just celebrated her second birthday,

to be brought in. Solemnly, Wolsey, ambassador Giustiniani and the

attendant lords kissed the child’s hand. Then Mary caught sight of Friar

Dionysius Memo, the great Venetian organist, who was then resident

keyboard virtuoso at Henry’s Court. ‘Priest! priest!’ she ‘commenced

calling out in English’ and would not stop until Memo agreed to play for

her. Henry was delighted at the display, which showed that Mary was in

truth her father’s daughter: musical, precocious and imperious far

beyond her years.”

Catherine worked hard to make Mary the worthy heir of England, since no other children from her and Henry survived. She brought scholars as such Eramus, Thomas More and Luis Vives, Who Catherine serve as patron and in return he made – The Institution of a Christian Woman – wrote in dedication to the Queen in 1523. She also commissioned  and financed educational treats, all to make Mary one of the most well educated princess of Europe. At this point, Queen Catherine’s court was one of the most educational of the continent.

More than that, Catherine had a different way to raise Mary. She took much more care of her childr than the rest of queens of her time.

Back to David Starkey:

“when Mary had a serious teenage illness,

Catherine, surely recollecting these childhood days, announced she would

take personal charge of her daughter. ‘There is no need’, Catherine

insisted, ‘of any other person but myself to nurse her . . . I will put her in my

own bed where I sleep, and will sit up with her when needful.”

Very unusual way to a royal mother took care of a royal child.

Henry, by his part, sent Mary to her own household in Ludlow.
Why? She was his daughter, only offspring by him and his wife and more, she was his only heir and should be prepared as such.

The king usually called her “The Greatest Pearl in the Kingdom” and said “This child never cries

Divorce years

The lack of male heir was like a ghost around Henry. The years of civil war, the no good retrospect about a woman ruling the english and Catherine’s age were on Henry’s thoughts and the idea of a divorce seems valuable to him. However at the time of “the great matter” Mary, for a time, was speared from the turmoil, she was still going to court, being welcome by her parents and presented as the princess of wales, the kings heir, princess Mary Tudor.

Unfotunately, for Mary, things would change soon. She would be no longer princess, Henry broke with Rome, married Anne Boleyn and made her Queen of England, Mary did not hesitate to be loyal to her mother. That’s easy to say why:

  • First of all, Catherine, as many historians appoint was fighting for Mary’s legitimacy and right for the throne, Catherine was Isabella’s daughter, a Queen in her own right and sister to Juana, La loca, another Queen. Why Mary could not rule, since it was on her genes?
  • Second, as Said by starkey, Catherine and Mary had a different relationship for Royal family, they were very close, and Catherine had much more influence on her daughter, than Henry.

There’s a possibility that Catherine was ready to take her and Mary for a martyrdom
by this letter:

Daughter, I have such tidings today that I do perceive, if it be true, the time

is come that Almighty God will prove you.’ ‘I am very glad of it,’ she

continued, ‘for I trust he doth handle you with a good love.’ She had

heard that ‘this Lady’ was coming to her, some said with a letter from the

King. ‘Answer you with few words,’ she enjoined her, ‘obeying the King

your father in everything, save only that you will not offend God and

lose your own soul.’

Starkey says:

Be that as it may, Catherine’s purpose was clear: she was welcoming

her daughter to the ecstasy of shared martyrdom.

“‘And now you shall begin and by likelihood I shall follow. I set not a rush by it; for when they have done the uttermost they can, then I am sure of the amendment.’ And if things did not get better on earth, they would”

she knew, in heaven.

King Henry VIII separated both mother and daughter in a cruel way and Mary did not see Catherine even when she passed way in january 1536 nor attended her funeral.

Henry VIII’s actions changed Mary for the rest of her life.

Source: The six wives of Henry VIII – David starkey.
Next: Anne Boleyn and Mary.