9 October 1514 – The Wedding of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor

On 9th October 1514, the eighteen year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, married the fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville.

You can read the details of the wedding and Mary’s appearance in my post Mary Tudor Marries Louis XII of France but I wanted to share with you Tim’s photo of the tapestry at Hever Castle which depicts this event.

Some believe that Anne Boleyn is one of the women depicted in the tapestry but it is not known what date Anne arrived in France. Anne had been serving Margaret of Austria at her court in Mechelen and Thomas Boleyn had only written to Margaret on 14th August 1514, asking her to release Anne and send her back to England with a chaperone sent by him. With time so short, Anne may have travelled directly from Mechelen and may well have missed the wedding, arriving only in time for Mary’s coronation on 9th November. We do not know. However, Mary Boleyn may be in the tapestry as it is thought that she travelled with Mary Tudor from England as one of her ladies.

See The Early Life of Anne Boleyn Part Three – Anne Boleyn Goes to France for more information on Anne Boleyn’s time in France.

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6 thoughts on “9 October 1514 – The Wedding of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor”
  1. The tapestry is exquisite. What I wouldn’t give to see it up close at Hever Castle!
    It must have been incredibly daunting for Mary to be married off to a man so much older than herself. The wedding night must have been a nightmare – she had a lucky escape, though since the marriage was short-lived.

  2. What women had to do as their ‘duty’ in those days, poor things. But at least she got the man she wanted in the end without too much of a wait, luckier than many ladies in her position though….

  3. hello,did Anne and Mary boleyn pick up a french accent being that they seem to have spent a lot of their time in france thanks?

  4. Any ideas on who the very pregnant lady is in the foreground of the tapestry? My first thought was that it was Princess Claude, Louis XII’s elder daughter by Anne of Brittany – who became Queen Claude when her husband Francis I gained the French throne after Louis XII’s death – but Claire’s first child was not born until 10 months after this wedding.

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