Young Folks' History of England eBook

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But as soon as the news reached Mary, she set off riding towards London; and, as everyone knew her to be the right queen, and no one would be tricked by Dudley, the whole of the people joined her, and even Northumberland was obliged to throw up his hat and cry “God save Queen Mary.”  Jane and her husband were safely kept, but Mary meant no harm by them if their friends would have been quiet.  However, the people became discontented when Mary began to have the Latin service used again, and put Archbishop Cranmer in prison for having favored Jane.  She showed in every way that she thought all her brother’s advisers had done very wrong.  She wanted to be under the Pope again, and she engaged herself to marry the King of Spain, her cousin, Philip II.  This was very foolish of her, for she was a middle-aged woman, pale, and low-spirited; and he was much younger, and of a silent, gloomy temper, so that everyone was afraid of him.  All her best friends advised her not, and the English hated the notion so much, that the little children played at the queen’s wedding in their games, and always ended by pretending to hang the King of Spain.  Northumberland thought this discontent gave another chance for his plan, and tried to raise the people in favor of Jane; but so few joined him that Mary very soon put them down, and beheaded Northumberland.  She thought, too, that the quiet of the country would never be secure while Jane lived, and so she consented to her being put to death.  Jane behaved with beautiful firmness and patience.  Her husband was led out first and beheaded, and then she followed.  She was most good and innocent in herself, and it was for the faults of others that she suffered.  Mary’s sister Elizabeth, was suspected, and sent to the Tower.  She came in a boat on the Thames to the Traitor’s Gate; but, when she found where she was, she sat down on the stone steps and said, “This is a place for traitors, and I am none.”  After a time she was allowed to live in the country, but closely watched.

Philip of Spain came and was married to Mary.  She was very fond of him, but he was not very kind to her, and he had too much to do in his other kingdoms to spend much time with her, so that she was always pining after him.  Her great wish in choosing him was to be helped in bringing the country back to the old obedience to the Pope; and she succeeded in having the English Church reconciled, and received again to communion with Rome.  The new service she would under no consideration have established in her house.  This displeased many of her subjects exceedingly.  They thought they should be forbidden to read the Bible—­they could not endure the Latin service—­and those who had been taught by the foreigners fancied that all proper reverence and beauty in church was a sort of idolatry.  Some fled away into Holland and Germany, and others, who staid, and taught loudly against the doctrines that were to be brought back again, were seized and thrown into prison.

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