Writing for the Telegraph, Tim Stanley gives us A politically incorrect guide to the greatest monarchs of all time. He offers five standout monarchs of the UK. I definitely agree with this choice.
5. Mary I. O, how different things might have been if Mary Tudor had given birth to an heir. England would have returned in perpetuity to the Catholic Church and we would have been wedded by blood to the Spanish empire with all its lovely American gold. There would have been no Troubles, no sexless Puritanism, no Presbyterian capitalism and no Giles Fraser. Instead we got the wooden toothed Elizabeth I in her place, who refused to even try to have an heir. Mary gets an “A” for effort.