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Mary and PhilipThe Marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain$
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Alexander Samson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781526142238

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526142245

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Wyatt and the queen’s regal power

Wyatt and the queen’s regal power

(p.82) 3 Wyatt and the queen’s regal power
Mary and Philip

Alexander Samson

Manchester University Press

Wyatt’s revolt in 1554 crystallises the web of interconnected patriotic and religious motivations enveloping mid-Tudor subjects. Mary faced an outpouring of polemic as convinced evangelicals went into exile. The speed, topicality and volume of these publications presented new challenges to rulers across early modern Europe. The queen’s image was contested very publicly. Metaphors of her as the Virgin Mary or mother of the people were countered by biblical anti-heroines like Athalia and vitriolic images of sexual betrayal, with Philip and the Spanish cast as rapists. Despite the Act for the Queen’s Regal Power, passed after the revolt, assuring the property rights of holders both Catholic and Protestant of ex-monastic property, this link between property, sovereignty and gender haunted the reign.

Keywords:   Wyatt revolt, queen’s regal power, Mary Guildhall speech, Marian exiles, Marian polemic, Marian propaganda, possessioners

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