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Tudor Minute March 30: Mary I makes a will

Hey, this is Heather from the Renaissance English History Podcast, and this is your Tudor Minute for March 30.

Today in 1558 Mary I made her will. She believed she was pregnant and would soon give birth, yet another of her phantom pregnancies. But her will is an interesting window into her thinking at the time. She requested that her mother – Catherine of Aragon’s – remains to be moved from Peterborough Cathedral to Westminster Abbey, and it also made her unborn child her heir, leaving Philip of Spain as regent. Mary had several phantom pregnancies, and never went into labor, and died later that year, possibly of some kind of uterine cancer.

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Mary I episode

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