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The Tudor Tournament

Hugh Latimer vs. Anne Askew AND Margaret Beaufort vs. Mary I

Today’s match-ups are epic. So epic, in fact, that I am already regretting the decision to have two competitions running each day. I am also controlling the urge to endlessly type about some of the participants – there is much to say about all of them. But that is what books are for, and a post like this is what the Internet was invented for (well, this and cat memes, so far as I can tell). So, for your morning reading pleasure, I present the next two match-ups in our tournament:
The Protestant Martyr Match-Up: Hugh Latimer vs. Anne Askew

Hugh Latimer

Hugh Latimer, Bishop of Worchester, Chaplain to Edward VI

Date: 1487- October 16, 1555

Strengths: Very outspoken

Weaknesses: Very outspoken – his advocacy that the Bible be translated into English put him in hot water with Wolsey, his opposition to Henry VIII’s Six Articles earned him an occupancy in the Tower of London, and his position on faith made him one of the three Oxford Martyrs (along with Thomas Cranmer and Nicholas Ridley).

Manner of Death: Burned at the stake


Woodcut of Anne Askew being burned at the stake

Anne Askew, gentlewoman who gave sermons and distributed Protestant literature

Date: 1520s(?) – July 16, 1546

Strengths: Showed great agency – publicly delivered sermons and requested a divorce from her husband on the basis of religious differences.

Weaknesses: Arrested for being a heretic on more than one occasion – had the great misfortune of being caught up in the politico-religious drama of Henry VIII’s court. Her ability to mock her interrogators with their own words did not help her case, although it did gain her a spot in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments (or, as many know it, Book of Martyrs).

Manner of Death: Tortured in the Tower, burned at the stake

Now, vote! And then continue with the next match-up below…

The Great-Grandmother vs. Great-Granddaughter Match-up: Margaret of Beaufort vs. Mary I

Margaret Beaufort

Margaret of Beaufort, mother of Henry VII

Date: May 31, 1443 (although some say 1441) – June 29, 1509

Strengths: Gave birth (and lived to tell the tale!) as a very young teen, survived the War of the Roses, held property independently from her husband (one amongst a few), enjoyed a great deal of influence during Henry VII’s reign, was a patron of education, and was regent (by name, primarily) in the earliest days of Henry VIII’s reign.

Weaknesses: Margaret could be accused of being overly serious, ambitious, and prideful. It is up to the voter to decide if these personality traits hindered Margaret from achieving more than she did.

Manner of death: natural


Mary I

Mary I, Queen of England (France, Naples, Jerusalem, Chile, Ireland, & etc.)

Date: February 18, 1516 – November 17, 1558

Strengths: Survivor – withstood her father’s poor treatment of her as a teenager, held her ground against the attempt to remove her from the line of succession upon her brother’s death, assembled a force to fight for her claim, and took her place as Queen of England.

Weaknesses: Her attempt to return England back to Roman Catholicism is poorly remembered in popular history, and as a result, most schoolchildren today know her as “Bloody Mary.”  Additionally, both her marriage to Philip of Spain and the imprisonment of her sister, Elizabeth, were unpopular.

Manner of death: natural



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