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The other Mary Tudor

06/27/2015

This blog doesn’t often stray into the Tudor era (so many others are already doing that) but I read an article recently about this beautiful portrait, previously thought to be of Katherine of Aragon, but now re-identified as Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII.

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The article I read discussed the various negotiations in the Tudor period to arrange marriages between the British and French royal houses. None came to anything, except that of Mary, who married Louis XII in 1513 as his third wife. He was 52 and she was 18, and reputed to be a great beauty. Louis died the following year and she secretly re-married, this time to her brother’s great friend Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. It was a love match, and Henry was furious as they had not received his permission. The couple were eventually pardoned.

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