Books: Bloody Mary

MARY TUDOR (439 pp.)—H.F.M. Prescott—Macmillan ($5).

For three and three-quarter years the grisly processions went on. Bishops, preachers and laymen—some 300 of them, all convicted of heresy—were marched to the stake, and the smoke of their burnings hung like a pall over England. It did not stop until death came one day in 1558 to the woman in whose name the executions were carried out: Mary Tudor, Queen of England.

Few historians have ever tried to defend "Bloody Mary." Roman Catholic Historian Hilaire Belloc sought to soften the impeachment by showing how bloody was...

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