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Bloody Mary is a fictional character from the English folktale ‘The Tale of the Bloody Mary’.
The story is based on the story of William of Normandy, who was the first to discover the legend of the ‘bloody Mary’ and its use as a medicinal agent in the 16th century.
The story is said to have been written by a 15th century Englishman, Richard Oates, who claimed that the legend had been given to him by his father-in-law, the king of France, Henry VII.
It has been argued that Oates was mistaken, and the legend was not a genuine story at all, but a fictionalised version of one.
The myth has been a source of controversy ever since.
The story has been said to involve a peasant named Robert of Crecy, who in 1616 discovered that the blood of a woman named Mary was used to heal wounds, and thus the blood was a magical remedy.
Blood is the main ingredient in the medicine used by the crusaders, and a famous example of this is the ‘Bloody Jack’ used to cut open wounds in the Middle Ages.
A lot of people still believe the legend, which was said to be invented by the 14th century knight Robert of Tours, but there is evidence that it is a medieval invention, and no blood has ever been used as a medicine.