Queen Mary I character jug in a trial colorway modeled by David B. Biggs and produced by Royal Doulton of Burslem, England, in 2004. England's first female ruler, Queen Mary Tudor (1516-1558), ruled England from 1553 to 1558. Mary was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon. Mary began to introduce legislation that she had long hoped for, beginning with an act proclaiming Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon valid and legal. Her other main act was to repeal all the religious laws passed during the reign of Edward VI, moving England once more toward a Catholic state. Mary married Prince Philip, the son of Emperor Charles V of Spain. After four years of marriage and no children, the Queen thought she was with child, but none came, and after the symptoms of pregnancy began to fade, Mary was left quite ill. Her health became progressively worse and she died within six months, passing the crown to her half sister. A Bishop's miter, crucifix and mandolin form the handle of this jug.
British Royalty Collection