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Posted by Cynthia on 20/10/2022, 11:26:55, in reply to "Smallpox
Where have you read it was smallpox for Mary I? I've never read that it was. Her health problems were pretty well known as being gynecologically related. Wiki doesn't even entertain the theory that the cause of death was something besides reproductive organ diseases.
Really? That's the first I'm hearing about it: all the sources I've read have it that both Marys died from smallpox. But not all sources are reliable, and I may have read something incorrectly. In any case, neither Mary lived or reigned long. As it was, smallpox claimed the lives of more famous monarchs who lived and reigned longer, such as King Louis XV of France and Holy Roman Empress Maria Theresa.
That reminds me: I forgot the earlier Mary of England -- who married as his second wife her kinsman, King Philip II of Spain. She died of smallpox in 1558, and was survived many years by her husband, who went on to marry two more times.
Think you've confused the two Marys. Mary I was survived by her husband Philip of Spain. It's thought she died of uterine cancer (hence the false pregnancies). Mary II was outlived by her husband and co-monarch William III. She is the one thought to have died from amallpox.
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