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18 March 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France at Richmond Palace

| March 18, 2015

18 March 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France at Richmond Palace

On this day in 1496, Henry VIII’s beloved sister, Princess Mary Tudor, was born at Richmond Palace. She was the youngest of Henry VII’s and Elizabeth of York’s children to survive infancy, and was sister to Prince Arthur, Princess Margaret and Prince Henry. Mary was renowned for her beauty, being described as “a Paradise – […]

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

| March 18, 2014

As today is the anniversary of Mary Tudor, Queen of France’s birth, I thought it would be good to make a Mary Tudor ‘factfile’. I’ve written quite a few articles on Mary so it’s good to do something different.   Motto La volenté De Dieu me suffit (The will of God is sufficient for me) […]

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

| January 27, 2014

A Visit to the Basilica of Saint Denis – Guest Post by Yann Kergourlay

Thank you so much to Yann Kergourlay for writing this post on the Basilica of Saint Denis in Paris and for sharing these beautiful photographs. If you’re confused as to what this has to do with the Tudors, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, was crowned at St Denis, Anne Boleyn served Mary Tudor and Queen […]

9 October 1514 – Marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII

| October 9, 2013

9 October 1514 – Marriage of Louis XII of France and Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII

On 9th October 1514, the feast day of St Denis, the eighteen year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, married the fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France in the great hall of the Hôtel de la Gruthuse, the King’s residence in Abbeville. The bride wore a French-style gown of gold brocade trimmed with ermine […]

18 March 1496 – Birth of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

| March 18, 2013

On this day in 1496, Mary Tudor, Queen of France, was born at Richmond Palace. She was the daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, and the sister of Henry VIII. Here are some Mary Tudor facts: She was known for her beauty, being described as “a Paradise – tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an […]

Anne Boleyn, Margaret of Austria and Queen Claude

| November 13, 2012

Anne Boleyn, Margaret of Austria and Queen Claude

Since a new book by Sylwia Zupanec1 is claiming that there is new evidence to prove that “Anne Boleyn simply could not have had served Margaret of Austria [or] the Queen Claude”, and I’ve been asked my thoughts on it, I wanted to share why I believe that Anne did serve them and what evidence […]

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

| October 9, 2012

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 […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

| March 18, 2012

Happy Mother’s Day!

As it’s Mothering Sunday in the UK today, I want to wish mothers everywhere a very Happy Mother’s Day and here is a photo of one of my Anne Boleyn roses to cheer your day. I have written various articles on Anne Boleyn the mother and here is one of them – Anne Boleyn the […]