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Mary I’s decision to marry Philip of Spain was very unpopular. The English, in fact, feared that Philip would be their ruler and turn their country into “another Habsburg milch cow”*. These fears were also shared by Parliament, who tried to dissuade the Queen from the match and convince her to marry Edward Courtenay, Earl
Author Susan Higginbotham sets the record straight on some myths about Lady Jane Grey’s and Guildford Dudley’s executions. To quote: 1. Philip of Spain, Queen Mary’s fiancé, insisted upon Lady Jane’s execution before he would marry the queen. Philip’s supposed insistence upon Jane’s death before he would wed Mary has often been used in novels