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Profile of the Day: Mary I of England

On this day in 1558, Mary I of England died at the age of 42. With no children of her own, her half-sister succeeded to the throne and ruled as Elizabeth I.

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The only child of Henry VIII and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon, Mary I ascended to the English throne after the death of her Protestant half-brother, Edward VI. She was the fourth crowned monarch of the Tudor dynasty and the first Queen Regnant. During her reign, she restored England to Roman Catholicism and in the process, had hundreds of Protestant dissenters burned at the stake. Her actions made her incredibly unpopular and earned her the nickname “Bloody Mary.”

Mary I died on November 17, 1558 at St. James’s Palace during an influenza epidemic. Although her will stated that she wished to be buried next to her mother, Mary was interred in Westminster Abbey. She would eventually share the tomb with her sister, Elizabeth.

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