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Bloody Mary - Tudor Court Intrigue Game


Bloody Mary

Good King Hal is dead.

The realm looks to his golden son, Edward—Sixth of that Name. He is his father's boy; with the incandescent Tudor intelligence, the earthy Tudor instinct for survival, and the Tudor steely resolve. His sisters Mary and Elizabeth will be married off of course—footnotes to history. Edward will live long, and complete the Protestant reforms his own mother, Jane Seymour, had dreamt of.

Good Hal had begun the journey, but only haltingly. Henry vacillated.

Edward and his good uncles, the Seymours, see a clearer path. England shall be a Godly Realm, a Protestant Realm. Nor shall it be a tyranny. No: in his last years Henry had become a capricious and turbulent monarch. This is a new time: Edward and his uncles shall make a kingdom where all subjects may voice their grievances. This shall be the Golden Age of Good King Edward, and the Golden Age of England.

But do the Fates have other things in mind? What if Edward should die before his time? His eldest sister, the obvious heir to the throne, is as Catholic as her mother, Catherine of Aragon. Surely England could not return to Rome? Unthinkable!

Perhaps Edward should secure his Godly Realm through a Protestant succession, perhaps to his closest Protestant relatives, the Greys. But is this lawful? What did Henry VIII's will say? And what of the ancient rules of succession…and the claims of his younger Protestant sister, Elizabeth?

What the Game is About ?

In this game you get to relive the politics of middle Tudor England as you strive to secure your candidate for the Throne... and keep your own head.

The game starts at the coronation of Henry VIII's son Edward. It follows the history of mid-Tudor England for a further 25 years. You must plot to place your favoured candidate on the throne. You play the part of a faction of courtiers trying to preserve your power and influence. The game is solidly based in history (well, as solidly as I can make it). It is meant to be educational as well as entertaining.

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This game has been developed by Dr Gary Stevens and appears here with his express permission. This game is NOT public domain. It is Copyright © 2000-2004 Garry Stevens. Gary grants you permission to download and use it for free. Have fun, play it, share it with your friends: but do not sell it. Please visit the Gary's Games home page for more free games.

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