Mary i 18 february 1516 17 november 1558 also known as mary tudor was the queen of england and ireland from july 1553 until her death she is best known for her aggressive attempt to reverse the english reformation which had begun during the reign of her father henry viii . Mary i also called mary tudor byname bloody mary born february 18 1516 greenwich near london england died november 17 1558 london the first queen to rule england 1553 58 in her own right she was known as bloody mary for her persecution of protestants in a vain attempt to restore roman catholicism in england. Publisher blurb mary is a hugely significant figure not just for english history but european history generallyyet our vision of marys long term importance and religious views has changed radically over the last 20 years and the time is right for an authoritative biography which addresses this. Book review mary i englands catholic queen by john edwards posted on january 2 2018 by susan abernethy this book is one volume in the outstanding yale english monarchs series and was published in 2011. The lifestory of mary i daughter of henry viii and his spanish wife catherine of aragon is often distilled to a few dramatic episodes her victory over the attempted coup by lady jane grey the imprisonment of her half sister elizabeth the bloody burning of protestants her short marriage to philip of spain
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