The Children of Henry VIII - Chapter 17, Little Children Like Angels Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 17, Little Children Like Angels Summary and Analysis

When Philip II returns to England it is clear he comes for political reasons and not out of affection for his wife. Though her spirits are lifted with Philip's visit, Mary is not at all well. She is being pressured to name Elizabeth her successor, whom she vehemently hates. Elizabeth has become haughty with the knowledge that her place in the realm is more secure. Philip II is excommunicated by Rome, forcing Mary to choose between her husband and her religion. She finally grants him the use of English troops, and the Pope is forced to accept Philip's terms. Then the French mount a surprise attack on Calais and regain the city. This is a huge loss for Mary and England, and she considers it the worst failure of her reign.

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