To many, the name Mary Tudor has gone down in history as that of one of the most ruthless queens of all time. Mary was born on the 18th of February 1516 to Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. During her lifetime, she would experience the world as she knew it crumbling around her.
Mary was the only child to survive from her parents' marriage. To her father's dismay she was not the son that he craved, so after years of attempts he began to look elsewhere for his heir. It was this decision that would change Mary's life in two very devastating ways. One was that her father wished to divorce her mother on the grounds that their marriage was a sin, thus making Mary an illegitimate child. In doing this, Henry attempted to go through the Church. The Pope refused Henry a papal dispensation to dissolve the marriage, and in 1533 Henry made a formal break with the Catholic Church. These two events would have long-lasting effects on Mary, due to her unwavering loyalty to both her mother,