Mary Tudor Impaled her Church on the Horns of an Impossible Dilemma A Critical Evaluation

The Catholic Church had to face the crushing pressure from the Protestants, who got their strong foothold during the English Reformation and the reign of Protestant Edward VI from 1947 to 1953 and on the other hand, the church had to confront Mary’s questionable acts, accomplishments and her proceedings. If the Church supported, the Catholics would further be alienated from the grudging and resenting mob of the country. Mary restored Catholicism in the country from an ardent adherence to her Catholic faith, but her actions, which impaled the Church on the horn of an impossible dilemma, were intended to make her throne safe. Either she was oblivious to this dilemma or she carefully ignored them. Mary’s policies were meant to restore her faith as well as her power. She persecuted more than three hundred Protestants not only to restore Catholicism but also to get a firm hold on the power because she could not keep faith on the support of the Catholics in England, as they were not strong enough to provide the support that the Queen needed during the moment of dangers. Indeed the dilemma of the Catholic Church can be viewed as the reflection of the dilemma of Mary the Queen that she suffered internally. Simultaneously she had to deal with two sides: the restoration of the Papal authority in England and the threats to her power.It is remarkable that at the beginning of her reign, Mary was not as despised as she was after the bloody persecutions of the Protestants and her marriage with Phillip, the king of Spain. After her enthronement, the Restoration of Catholicism in England was accepted by the English people with more or less resentment. She was greeted by the people as the true successor of the throne of England. Her popularity assisted her to overturn Lady Jane Grey at the 9th day of her.

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