Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts
gender, Mary Tudor, England, politics
Gender played a distinct role in Mary Tudor’s accession and reign as England’s first sole female monarch from 1553-1558. In order to understand how a female heir was molded for queenship and ultimately went forth to lead a nation, this study examines the following aspects of Mary Tudor’s life: her early education, Tudor political culture, affinity connections formed during her brother Edward VI’s reign, political training for queenship, and the fundamental issue of gender verses religion for Protestants during her reign. This thesis aims to examine how gender shaped Mary Tudor’s political training and ultimate role as England’s monarch. Along with looking at the role of gender, this thesis also serves to critique a single-minded analytical emphasis of gender among several contemporary historians as both anachronistic and overstated.
Procton, Melissa E., "Mary Tudor and the Politics of Gender" (2013). Honors Theses. 718.