Abstract Title

“The Most Obstinate Women That Ever Was”: Mary I’s Impact on English Queenship, 1553-1558

Abstract

Mary I's impact on queenship is often forgotten in the span of English monarchs to the relative ineffectivesness of her reign. However, her role as the country's first sovereign queen was extremely influential in how much power women of the time period were able to hold. Much of her contributions to queenship have since been attributed to her half-sister, Elizabeth I, while Mary is left underrepresented. Mary participated in spheres of work that had formerly been prohibited from females, held precedence over her husband Philip II, and defied the opinions of man to pursue her own goals, all firsts for female rulers of her time.

Modified Abstract

Mary I of England had a substantial impact upon English queenship that is often forgotten when studying the evolution of queens and their role in early modern Europe.

Research Category

Political Sciences/Philosophy/History

Author Information

Natalie FlamikFollow

Primary Author's Major

History

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Matthew

Crawford

Start Date

April 2019

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“The Most Obstinate Women That Ever Was”: Mary I’s Impact on English Queenship, 1553-1558

Mary I's impact on queenship is often forgotten in the span of English monarchs to the relative ineffectivesness of her reign. However, her role as the country's first sovereign queen was extremely influential in how much power women of the time period were able to hold. Much of her contributions to queenship have since been attributed to her half-sister, Elizabeth I, while Mary is left underrepresented. Mary participated in spheres of work that had formerly been prohibited from females, held precedence over her husband Philip II, and defied the opinions of man to pursue her own goals, all firsts for female rulers of her time.