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Philip of Spain, King of England: The Forgotten Sovereign
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The author begins by contrasting the early lives of both Philip and Mary. Mary, declared illegitimate on the marriage of her father to Anne Boleyn, seperated from her mother and kept from court. Although skilled at languages, she was not educated to become a ruling queen and was seemingly unlikely to succeed to the throne. In comparison, Philip was trained in the theory and practice of government and raised to rule. Philip's father, Charles, was Mary's uncle and her ardent supporter. He advised Mary to accept Henry's terms in order to be restored to favour and the succession. When Henry died and Edward became king, Mary became a symbol of resistance to Catholics. When she became Queen, Charles suggested she need a husband to assist her. The possibility of joining England and Spain in marriage was almost too good to be true. England could provide an alliance against France and help to defend Spain's possessions in the Netherlands.
Although Charles was considered as a possible husband for Mary, he was too old to be a likely suitor. Philip was understandably reluctant, being 27 to her 37, but he was a loyal and dutiful son and agreed to the match - although he was already widowed and had a son.Read more ›