3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

| March 3, 2018

3 March 1515 – A secret marriage for Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon?

This day in history, 3rd March 1515, is one of the dates given in the contemporary sources for the secret marriage of Mary Tudor, Dowager Queen of France, and Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, had been widowed on 1st January 1515 when her first husband, King Louis […]

6 November – A meeting, a procession and an abandoned queen

| November 6, 2016

6th November was quite a busy day in Tudor history! We have Mary Tudor’s entry into Paris, following her coronation on this day in 1514; we have the first meeting of Catherine of Aragon and Arthur Tudor, on this day in 1501; and then we have Henry VIII abandoning Catherine Howard at Hampton Court Palace […]

5 November 1514 – The coronation of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| November 5, 2016

5 November 1514 – The coronation of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in history, Sunday 5th November 1514, Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, daughter of the late Henry VII, and the new wife of King Louis XII of France, was crowned Queen of France by the Bishop of Bayeux at the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis (Basilique Saint-Denis), just outside of Paris. The eighteen-year-old […]

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

| October 9, 2016

9 October 1514 – Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, gets married

On this day in history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France. Chronicler Edward Hall recorded Mary’s entry into Abbeville on 8th October and then the marriage on 9th: “[…she was with great […]

25 June 1533 – Mary Tudor, Queen of France, dies

| June 25, 2016

25 June 1533 – Mary Tudor, Queen of France, dies

On 25th June 1533, thirty-seven year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and wife of his friend Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, died at her home of Westhorpe Hall in Suffolk. She was survived by Suffolk, who was her second husband, and their children: Frances, Eleanor and Henry, although Henry died in March 1534. Suffolk […]

1 January 1515 – Death of Louis XII of France

| January 1, 2016

1 January 1515 – Death of Louis XII of France

On 1st January 1515, less than three months after his marriage to Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of Henry VII, fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France died. He had been suffering with gout for several years, but a particularly severe case had been afflicting him over the Christmas period of 1514. […]

5 November 1514 – Mary Tudor is crowned Queen of France

| November 5, 2015

5 November 1514 – Mary Tudor is crowned Queen of France

On Sunday 5th November 1514, Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and the new wife of King Louis XII of France, was crowned Queen of France by the Bishop of Bayeux at the Abbey Church of Saint-Denis (Basilique Saint-Denis), just outside of Paris. Louise of Savoy recorded: “On the fifth day of November 1514, the […]

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

| October 9, 2015

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

On this day in history, 9th October 1514, fifty-two year-old King Louis of France married eighteen year-old Mary Tudor, sister of King Henry VIII, at Abbeville in France. Here is a primary source account of Mary’s arrival at Abbeville and the wedding written by the Venetian ambassador: “Then followed the Queen, under a white canopy, […]