Mary (Tudor, Queen of France)

 Born  1495   Born At  
 Died  1533   Buried At  
 Father  Henry (VII, King of England 1485-1509)   Mother  Elizabeth (of York)
Princess Mary was the daughter of Henry VII and the younger sister of Henry VIII. It was usual for the daughters of Kings to be married into other royal families to strengthen political ties. Mary was no exception and it was planned for her to marry Prince Charles, Duke of Burgundy (the future Holy Roman Emperor). The plans fell through and she was married to the 52 year-old French King Louis XII. Mary was unhappy about the forced marriage because she was in love with Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk. Henry VIII may have promised Mary that she could marry Suffolk after the death of Louis XII. Louis died eleven months after the marriage. After the King's death, Mary ran away a secretly married the Duke. The two were caught and fined but Henry gave them consent to marry and they wed at Greenwich in the presence of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine.


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Early Modern Period (1500-1800)
1514 Aug  19yrsLouis XII marries Princess Mary
 A peace treaty was negotiated by Thomas Wolsey with France. One of the terms was that Louis XII of France would marry Princess Mary, the younger sister Henry VIII. Louis died only a few months later. 
1515 Jan 1  20yrsDeath of Louis XII
 Louis XII died at the age of 52 leaving Mary a widow. His nephew, Francis, became the next king of France. 
 Feb  Princess Mary secretly marries
 Princess Mary ran away with Charles Brandon after the death of Louis XII. They were secretly married but caught and forced to pay a fine. 
 May 13  Mary and Suffolk marry
 Princess Mary, the younger sister of Henry VIII, married Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk at Greenwich. Henry VIII gave full consent to the marriage. 

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