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, […]

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

Mary Tudor, Queen of France – Factfile

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 […]

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