Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII

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Crown/Archetype, May 5, 2010 - Fiction - 304 pages
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Legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy brings to life the story of Princess Mary Tudor, a celebrated beauty and born rebel who would defy the most powerful king in Europe—her older brother.

Princess Mary Rose is the youngest sister of Henry VIII, and one of the few people whom he adores unconditionally. Known throughout Europe for her charm and good looks, Mary is the golden child of the Tudor family and is granted her every wish.

Except when it comes to marriage. Henry VIII, locked in a political showdown with France, decides to offer up his pampered baby sister to secure peace between the two mighty kingdoms. Innocent, teenage Mary must become the wife of the elderly King Louis, a toothless, ailing man in his sixties. Horrified and furious, Mary has no choice but to sail for France. There she hones her political skills, bides her time, and remains secretly in love with Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk. When King Louis dies after only two years of marriage, Mary is determined not to be sold into another unhappy union. She must act quickly; if she wants to be with the man she truly loves, she must defy the laws of church and state by marrying without her brother’s permission. Together, Mary and Charles devise a scheme to outwit the most ruthless king in Europe and gain their hearts’ desire, not knowing if it will lead to marital bliss or certain death.

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User Review  - LibraryCin - LibraryThing

3.75 stars Mary Tudor was Henry VIII’s younger sister. She was originally betrothed to Charles of Castile when they were both young (Charles much younger than Mary). In the meantime, at home in ... Read full review

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User Review  - EllenCam - LibraryThing

I liked this book a lot, but I always like Jean Plaidy/Victoria Holt/Philippa Carr books ( I believe they are all pen names for the same author. They are informative and readable and much more of a story that a history book, which is what I like about them. Read full review

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The English SCENE IThe Betrothal of Mary
The Rise of Charles
The French Proposal
The French SCENE IYoung François
François in Jeopardy
The French SCENE IIThe Unwilling Bride
The Queen and the Dauphin
Death of a King
The English SCENE IIThe Return
The Family at Westhorpe
The Birth of Frances
Danger at the Kings Court
The Last Farewell
Questions for Discussion

Is the Queen Enceinte?
Triumph of the Queen
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JEAN PLAIDY, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. Jean Plaidy’s novels had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide by the time of her death in 1993.

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