Claire, In watching “The Tudors” once again it is stated in the series that Mary Tudor married the king of Portugal……am I wrong in thinking that Mary married King Louis XII of France on March 18, 1495. It was while she was in France after the king’s death that she secretly married Charles Brandon. Could you help me with this…..

Hi David,
This is one of the biggest inaccuracies of The Tudors, the way that they have Henry's two sisters, Margaret and Mary, amalgamated into one woman, Princess Margaret, and instead of Mary marrying King Louis XII Henry sends Margaret to marry the King of Portugal. I really have no idea why Michael Hirst did this as Princess Mary Tudor married Louis XII and had the Boleyn sisters as her ladies. She did not poison him, he died of natural causes.

The timing is out as well, as Mary travelled to France in 1514 to marry Louis on 9th October 1514 so this was many years before the Chateau Vert Masque of 1522 where you see her trying to persuade Henry not to send her to Portugal. Mary was married to Charles Brandon by this time and, yes, she did marry him in France shortly after Louis' death.

The real Margaret Tudor married James IV of Scotland in 1503.

I really hate the way that Hirst mixes these two women into one and completely rewrites history. By having the character of Margaret (who's really Mary) die quite early and before she has a daughter, Frances Brandon, he eliminates Lady Jane Grey, Mary's granddaughter, and by writing out the real Margaret Tudor who goes to Scotland and marries James IV, he eliminates James V, Mary Queen of Scots and James VI/I! Very odd!

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  1. Shoshana says:

    I too am lost as to why writers continually change Tudor history! There is nothing as interesting as the known facts of this period. They need do nothing to make it more exciting! Oh, to have a series that clings to truth or at least clings to historical speculattion based on verifible facts!

    But it was fun spotting all the “literary license” errors! Someone actually tried to justify the changes to me by saying it would have been too expensive to show both of Henry’s sisters and what happened to them! Duh. Just dropping a few fictional scenes and replacing them with the facts would have covered any expense! After Margaret went to Scotland, her contributions to Henry’s life was mainly through letters, treaties, and fighting over the borders. She had little, if anything, to do with his marriages!

    Come on, Hollywood, man up and do it right next time. The Tudors was an exceptional series but those of us who love history find the truth more compelling than anything any writer could think up.

  2. Teresa Isabelle says:

    According to IMDb.com, “The character of Princess Margaret, Henry’s sister, is actually a composite of two sisters, his older sister Margaret Tudor and his younger sister Mary Tudor. While the events in the series come from Mary’s life, the substitution of Margaret’s name helps to avoid confusion with Henry’s daughter with Catherine of Aragon, also named Mary.”

    While I understand how using Mary Tudor would confuse people who do not know much about the period, it is rather annoying how they completely change the events in order to appeal to people.

  3. Chelsea says:

    Maybe it was to avoid any complaints about completeing the Tudor series through to Elizabeth. By irradicating the character/characters that led to Jane Grey and Mary Queen of Scots then he illiminated any possibility of having to continue the series after Henry Viii died….just a thought.

  4. Onelikethelioness says:

    I was also irritated by them having Henry Fitroy die as a little child instead of growing up to early manhood. Why? What confusion would the truth of his life have caused?

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