Thursday 28th May at 8pm in St Wilfrid’s Hall
500 years of Protestant spin – The making and unmaking of ‘Bloody Mary’
Dr Gregory Slysz is the author of a book just published by Gracewing, entitled: “Mary Tudor, England's first Queen Regnant. Truth is the Daughter of Time”.
He is head of History at DLD Independent College in London.
Although this is a "Call to Youth" event which usually restricts invitations to those between 18-35, anyone of any age is welcome on this occasion.
The reign of Mary I has received much scholarly attention in recent times. Age-old assumptions about its policies, its achievements, its power-brokers, their motives and above all Mary herself have been subjected to extensive revision. The task, however, has had to overcome centuries of misinformation and anti-Catholic propaganda and prejudice that conspired to depict the English Reformation as an inevitable popular revolt against a corrupt and detested Church and of Mary Tudor, as the one who bucked the trend with her cruelty and ineptitude. This volume aims to offer a reassessment of the key controversies of the Marian period. It seeks to demonstrate both that Mary's sobriquet 'bloody' is undeserved and that her reign was considerably more successful than its detractors have claimed. It also posits that the critical anti-Catholic reaction to Mary's reign helped to define the nature of the 'liberal' English/British nation-state as well as contribute to its national 'ideology' and self-understanding for nearly five years