The shoutout this week is to reader Alyssa, who asked about the mysterious ghost pregnancy of the real woman behind the Bloody Mary legend, Queen Mary Tudor:
Hey Anita is this really true? I mean like when she is pregnant, the baby didn’t come out? And I love all your stories!
Thanks, I’m glad you like the stories :). As for Bloody Mary and the ‘baby’, it’s the weirdest thing. She went through all the signs and experiences of being pregnant, including her stomach growing over nine months just like there was a baby in there.
As Queen of England, she had the best doctors in the country and they all were sure that this was a normal pregnancy.
The whole country rejoiced, as a male heir to the throne was desperately needed. Celebrations all across the land were prepared to welcome the new royal baby into the world.
However, when it was time for the baby to be born nothing at all happened. This was a huge embarrassment for Mary as the whole kingdom was watching and waiting. And as more time passed and no baby appeared, people started to make a big joke out of her.
Today we know she had a condition called ‘false pregnancy’ which can be caused by many different things. But back then people thought she had gone crazy, or worse, possessed by a demon or some other evil entity.
As for Mary, she felt that the ghost baby was a punishment from God for tolerating people with different religions in her kingdom. After her experiences with false pregnancy she…changed.
Actually I should post a story about this part of her life, it’s a really interesting story, though it ends with her doing some horrible things.
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