Mary and Philip

The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain

By Alexander Samson

Mary and Philip


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-4225-2
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2020
  • BIC Category: Tudor England, Spain: Modern history (1492–1808), European history, HISTORY / Europe / Spain & Portugal, HISTORY / Europe / Great Britain / Tudor & Elizabethan Era (1485-1603), Humanities / European history, Humanities / British & Irish history, Humanities / Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700, Early Modern History, History
  • Series: Studies in Early Modern European History


The co-monarchy of Mary I and Philip II put England at the heart of early modern Europe. This positive reassessment of their joint reign counters a series of parochial, misogynist and anti-Catholic assumptions, correcting the many myths that have grown up around the marriage and explaining the reasons for its persistent marginalisation in the historiography of sixteenth-century England. Using new archival discoveries and original sources, the book argues for Mary as a great Catholic queen, while fleshing out Philip's important contributions as king of England. It demonstrates the many positive achievements of this dynastic union in everything from culture, music and art to cartography, commerce and exploration. An important corrective for anyone interested in the history of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain.


'Informative, well illustrated and with plenty of rich detail, this thought-provoking study dismantles many of the myths about Mary and Philip and their joint reign as monarchs of England.'
Linda Porter, Literary Review

This is a truly excellent revisionist study of the reign of Mary I, and should be read by specialists and students so that rehabilitation of Mary I can continue.'
Valerie Schutte, Royal Studies Journal


List of plates
List of abbreviations
1 Prenuptial
2 Contracting matrimony
3 Wyatt and the queen's regal power
4 A marriage made in Heaven?
5 Royal entry: London, 18 August 1554
6 Anti-Spanish sentiment in early modern England
7 Spanish Tudor / English Habsburg


Alexander Samson is Reader in Early Modern Studies at University College London

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