Black Hills Doll Designs
Mary Tudor
2rd in the series:
Tudor Queens
Mary Tudor became queen after the death of her brother, Edward VI.  She was born in February 1516, the first daughter of King Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.
Mary had a hard life, dealing with her mother's banishment, removal from the succession to the throne, her mother's death, and a parade of step-mothers.  She much of the time lived in fear of her father, and his moods and desires.  She even had to denounce her own religion in order to spare her own life from her father's tyrannical ways. She was sent away from court, and declared illegitimate after Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn and was forbidden to see her mother, even as Catherine suffered and died in 1536.
Henry's third wife, Jane Seymour, arranged for her to come back to court after her mother's death, and helped to rebuild the relationship between Mary and her father.
She became queen in 1553, and ruled for only five years.  Her health was never good, and she dealt with many frustrating ailments.

She is remembered as "Bloody Mary" for the number of Protestants she ordered burned at the stake during her reign.  In comparison, the number of people she sent to the tower and eventually their deaths vastly pales in comparison to the number of people put to death by her father, Henry VIII.  She at one point even had her sister Elizabeth placed in the tower and her life was in danger for a time.

Mary suffered from phantom pregnancies, ill health and did not die with an heir.  She reluctantly agreed to pass the crown to her sister Elizabeth, with the hope that Elizabeth would continue with the Catholic faith.

Mary died in November of 1558 at age 42, after only five years on the throne.
She is buried at Westminster Abbey, next to her sister Elizabeth.

Mary's gown is made of a rich golden silk taffeta, embroidered in deep golden threads.  The gown is fully lined and snaps at the back.  It is accented with antique gold trim and small faux pearls and white silk and beads at the neckline.  Her over sleeves are made of rich russet colored chenille. Her underskirt is made of warm ivory silk.  It is fully lined and snaps in the back.  Her cuffs are made of ivory dupioni silk, and accented with antique gold Czech glass beads and delica beads.  Her chemise sleeves are made of soft cotton and embroidered with gold threads.  Her French Hood is made of sturdy material and covered in off white silk and a lovely deep rust silk.  It is trimmed in antique gold and beaded with tiny faux pearls, tan bi-cone Czech glass beads, and tiny antique gold delica beads.  A black veil hangs off the back.  Her jewelry is made of faux pearls, antique gold delica beads, and golden Czech glass beads.  Her waist belt has an antique gold cross at the bottom, and her necklace has a filigree pendant with a drop pearl.



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