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Lot #168
Queen Mary I Letter Signed

Rare letter by 'Bloody Mary' to the Duke of Savoy, a one-time suitor to Lady Elizabeth Tudor

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Rare letter by 'Bloody Mary' to the Duke of Savoy, a one-time suitor to Lady Elizabeth Tudor

Queen of England and Ireland from 1553 until her death, whose brutal persecution of Protestants earned her the nickname 'Bloody Mary' (1516-1558). Rare LS in French, signed “votre bonne cousine, Marye,” one page, 15.25 x 10.75, November 16, 1556. Letter to her cousin, the Duke of Savoy, relaying news and making a recommendation. In very good to fine condition, with light soiling, toning from prior display, and professional repairs to several small tears.

Mary writes to Emmanuel Philibert, Duke of Savoy, the cousin of her husband, King Philip II of Spain. Philip had ascended to the Spanish throne at the beginning of 1556, making Mary queen consort of Habsburg Spain in addition to her position as Queen of England and Ireland. At one time, Queen Mary and King Philip had schemed to have Elizabeth Tudor marry the Duke of Savoy, thereby securing Catholic succession and preserving the Habsburg interest in England. However, Elizabeth refused to comply and parliamentary consent was unlikely. After Mary's death in 1558, her re-establishment of Roman Catholicism was reversed by her younger half-sister and successor, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Prince
  • Dates: #627 - Ended January 12, 2022

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