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An Evolving Process: Historians Evaluate Elizabeth I and Mary I

Over at The Creation of Anne Boleyn Facebook page, “Mary Tudor Week” is taking place. Way back in 2011, I began a piece on Elizabeth I and Mary I, but never finished it up. You can catch the full piece soon on The Creation of Anne Boleyn blog. For now, however, a blast from the blogging past!

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The following is taken from a  piece I wrote in 2008, Two Tudor Monarchs: Analyzing Queenship in Early Modern England. It will be the beginning of a series on how interpretations of Elizabeth I affected how Mary I has been studied, and vice versa. Please do not copy or quote without proper attribution.

Scholarly literature on the two Tudor queens regnant, Mary I and Elizabeth I, suggests a number of past themes about their reigns. Authors once obsessed over Mary’s “bloody” moniker and Catholic faith, while others analyzed Elizabeth’s Protestant policies and her “Glorianna” status.  In the late twentieth century, however, the development of fields in women’s history and gender analysis signaled new ways in which to conceptualize the two sisters.  Obviously, historians had always recognized the fact that Mary and Elizabeth were anomalies as female rulers, but there was little discussion about what being a female ruler in early…

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