Mary and Philip

The marriage of Tudor England and Habsburg Spain

By Alexander Samson

Mary and Philip


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Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6024-9
  • Pages: 312
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £25.00
  • Published Date: October 2021
  • BIC Category: Spain: Modern history (1492–1808), Tudor England, 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, European history
  • Series: Studies in Early Modern European History


Mary I, eldest daughter of Henry VIII, was Queen of England from 1553 until her death in 1558. For much of this time she ruled alongside her husband, King Philip II of Spain, forming a co-monarchy that put England at the heart of early modern Europe. In this book, Alexander Samson presents a bold reassessment of Mary and Philip's reign, rescuing them from the neglect they have suffered at the hands of generations of historians. 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.


'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

'This is a book full of learning, one that entertains as much as it enlightens, and it should be read and considered by anyone involved in the growing field of Marian-and now also Philippine-studies.'
Journal of British Studies


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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