Introduction
in Mary and Philip
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The introduction examines the historiography of the Marian period and in particular the Spanish marriage, challenging negative assumptions about England’s first regnant queen and the denigration of her marriage to Philip II. It proposes a positive vision of Mary I’s co-monarchy and argues that anti-Catholic prejudice, notably in the Black Legend, has overshadowed this critical period in England’s political, cultural and constitutional development, obscuring the positive contribution made by England’s Spanish king. It traces the persistence of these negative stereotypes in popular culture and highlights this as a determining moment in our disciplinary division of history into ‘British’ and ‘European’. It concludes with a review of the glimmerings of this new vision in revisionist historiography over the last decade.

Mary and Philip

The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain

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