Mary I: the forgotten trailblazer

Anna Whitelock explains how the popular perception of 'Bloody Mary' hides a pioneering monarch who achieved great things during her reign...

Queen Mary I of England and Ireland. Her legend speaks merely of burning Protestants, yet her time on the throne featured many great achievements, not least establishing that a woman had the right to reign. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2011 issue of BBC History Magazine

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