Wyatt and the queen’s regal power
in Mary and Philip
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Wyatt’s revolt in 1554 crystallises the web of interconnected patriotic and religious motivations enveloping mid-Tudor subjects. Mary faced an outpouring of polemic as convinced evangelicals went into exile. The speed, topicality and volume of these publications presented new challenges to rulers across early modern Europe. The queen’s image was contested very publicly. Metaphors of her as the Virgin Mary or mother of the people were countered by biblical anti-heroines like Athalia and vitriolic images of sexual betrayal, with Philip and the Spanish cast as rapists. Despite the Act for the Queen’s Regal Power, passed after the revolt, assuring the property rights of holders both Catholic and Protestant of ex-monastic property, this link between property, sovereignty and gender haunted the reign.

Mary and Philip

The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain


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