The True Story Behind The Sinister Nickname Of Queen “Bloody Mary”

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It’s July 1553, and Mary Tudor has just succeeded to the throne of England and Ireland as Mary I, the first woman to rule both countries. The principal story of her life has been one of bitter dynastic rivalry. The main theme of her reign will be deadly religious controversy. And it’s the latter that will lead to her nickname: “Bloody Mary.”

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