Special Collectors Set 8

Queen Mary I - "Bloody Mary" (Mary Tudor)

Limited to 250 Sets - Issued in 1975

The daughter of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, Mary was a devout Catholic, to the point of fanaticism.   In pursuit of her aim to make England a Catholic country, she unmercifully tortured and and had burned at the stake Protestants who would not renounce their faith, and thus earned herself the name, "Bloody Mary".

Husband of Queen Mary, King Philip II of Spain was disliked by the English, and treated Mary with coldness and disdain, spending as much time away from her as he could.   After Mary's death, and during the reign of her sister, Queen Elizabeth I, he sent the ill-fated Armada against England, and suffered an overwhelming defeat.

Katherine of Aragon was originally married to Arthur, son of Henry VII and Elysabeth of York.   On his death, she was married to his brother, Henry VIII.   She bore Henry six children who all died in infancy, save for Mary.   Henry divorced her, (Leaving the Catholic faith in the process), so that he could marry Anne Boleyn, mother of Elizabeth I.

Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Salisbury, was Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Mary.   The daughter of Warwick the Kingmaker, she was executed at Tyburn, on trumped-up charges of treason.

Dona Elvira was the Spanish duenna and Lady-in-Waiting to Queen Katherine of Aragon.   She was a ferocious guardian of the young Katherine, and confirmed her Queen's claim that the marriage to the sickly Arthur had never been consummated

The complete set consisted of the following five dolls :

  • LE/55 - Queen Mary I
  • LE/56 - King Philip II of Spain
  • LE/57 - Queen Katherine of Aragon
  • LE/58 - Margaret Plantagenet, Countess of Salisbury
  • LE/59 - Dona Elvira

Each doll was supplied with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

The slideshow below displays the entire "Bloody Mary" doll collection

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21st September 2023


Important Announcement


My dear wife, Christine, passed away on the 8th December, 2021after 8 weeks in hospital. I was by her side, when she slipped away from me peacefully, with no pain or suffering.


Chris had been struggling with a slow decline in health, associated with a progressive, untreatable, and ultimately terminal lung disease, and finally succumbed to her old adversary, Pneumonia.


We had been friends for 55 years, together as a couple for 50 years, and married just a month short of 48 years, when she died.   


This website was Chris's idea, and I did all the technical stuff, to make it work.   After news of Chris's passing reached her close friends in the doll collecting world, I was deeply touched and gratified to hear their tributes to my dear wife, and I must thank them all for their kindness and support.   Ultimately, it was her doll friends that gave me the courage to continue with the website.


In the months before her eventual hospitalisation, Chris had outlined a number of additions and changes she wanted to make to the website, and it is my intention to honour those wishes, and to implement the changes we had considered, over the coming weeks and months.


I must apologise to all those who have written to us via the website, only to have your emails go unanswered.   Unfortunately, the email system had been hacked aroung the time Chris was going into hospital, and many emails must have been lost, as a result.


As you might imagine, I felt completely broken by Chris's loss, and it is only now, almost 22 months after her passing, that I have felt strong enough to even look at the website again.   


My aim is to continue with the website, and to implement Chris's aims for her many new ideas as soon as I can.   In the meantime, I have hopefully got the email system sorted out, and I will attempt to answer any enquiries as soon as I can, and to send replies with the same high degree of accuracy that a reply from Chris would have had.


From now on, I will be flying solo, whilst my co-pilot and guide will be soaring much higher, (though she is always in my heart, and in my thoughts).


My thanks to all our website visitors for your continued support


Dave (also known as Arthur), and Chris, (my lost love, Guinevere)


Christine Poulten

25th December 1949 - 8th December 2021