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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 g 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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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 g 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.

30 review for Mary, Queen of France

  1. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    This book is about Mary Tudor, youngest sister of King Henry viii. It begins with Mary’s childhood and her betrothal to prince Charles which ended after many years. The author described very nicely the relationship between siblings- Mary & Henry - that more than likely was close to the truth. It was interesting to see how in a time when princess and princesses were married for political purposes, Mary has the courage to defy even her own brother to keep his promise. It is known that he had promi This book is about Mary Tudor, youngest sister of King Henry viii. It begins with Mary’s childhood and her betrothal to prince Charles which ended after many years. The author described very nicely the relationship between siblings- Mary & Henry - that more than likely was close to the truth. It was interesting to see how in a time when princess and princesses were married for political purposes, Mary has the courage to defy even her own brother to keep his promise. It is known that he had promised her that if she married King Louis from France - who was 30 years older than her- and widowed she’d marry whom she wanted afterwards. Three months later after her marriage she becomes a widow and marries in secrecy to Charles Brandon. The author also takes us onto the life of King Louis’ successor Francois and the big influence his mother and sister had over him. I have to address the fact that this cover is quite misleading. The cover from the book I read was not like this one in GR. This is a good story, sticks mostly to history facts known and gives a good idea on what could’ve shaped and influenced these interesting historical characters.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mirah W

    This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. About half the book was dedicated to King Loius of France and the events that led up to the eventual betrothal of Mary to Louis. I found this section to be a bit boring and, at times, confusing because a lot of characters were introduced briefly while detailing the French line of succession. I felt that part of the story could have been omitted and more time devoted to Mary's time in the French Court and her time after returning to England...a lot of This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. About half the book was dedicated to King Loius of France and the events that led up to the eventual betrothal of Mary to Louis. I found this section to be a bit boring and, at times, confusing because a lot of characters were introduced briefly while detailing the French line of succession. I felt that part of the story could have been omitted and more time devoted to Mary's time in the French Court and her time after returning to England...a lot of things seemed to be just skimmed over. The other Plaidy novels I have read seemed to have been more devoted to the title character and better executed. This book did make me wonder more about Charles Brandon...in other works I've read he's been portrayed as the rake who was happy to be with whomever he was with in the moment, but Plaidy paints him as a devoted suitor and husband to Mary and a devoted father. I think this is a decent novel of Mary and her love for Henry and Charles.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Samantha

    This is my first Jean Plaidy novel, and while i plan to read more, I am a little disappointed in the story telling in this particular novel. Perhaps it is because this has been written before my generation (( am 24 and an avid historical fiction reader), but i found the writing a little bland. The story is so sensational and scandalous but she writes it too quickly, obviously conforming to a publisher's limit of pages. I found this book to read out this way... "Mary falls in love, Mary gets marr This is my first Jean Plaidy novel, and while i plan to read more, I am a little disappointed in the story telling in this particular novel. Perhaps it is because this has been written before my generation (( am 24 and an avid historical fiction reader), but i found the writing a little bland. The story is so sensational and scandalous but she writes it too quickly, obviously conforming to a publisher's limit of pages. I found this book to read out this way... "Mary falls in love, Mary gets married away from lover to King of France, Mary marries her real love after King dies." I just wanted more drama. I understand that this isn't a Danielle Steel novel but I just wanted more juiciness.

  4. 5 out of 5

    LibraryCin

    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 England, she fell madly in love with Henry’s best friend, Charles Brandon (and he with her). She thought she was free when the betrothal was broken, but, even worse, she was instead promised to Louis XII of France, an old man. She fought for a chance to wed Brandon instead, though she was still required to 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 England, she fell madly in love with Henry’s best friend, Charles Brandon (and he with her). She thought she was free when the betrothal was broken, but, even worse, she was instead promised to Louis XII of France, an old man. She fought for a chance to wed Brandon instead, though she was still required to go to France and marry Louis. This was quite good. There were a couple of dryer parts, most notably the history of the succession in France. I don’t know much about French royalty, so it was new to me, but not knowing any of the names, my mind tended to wander. That was only a brief part in the middle, though, just to introduce Louis and his court and rival for the throne.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Juliew.

    I liked the book but I felt the chapters were a little long.I was a bit confused when it went into the background of the young king of france, Francois.I don't think I realized until half way into the chapter that they were speaking of the Dauphin not the current king. But those were my only issues.I think I have become more interested in Mary Tudor than I was before reading it and the book just made me want to find out more about her relationship with Charles Brandon and her brother Henry VIII.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    This is my first Jean Plaidy book and I liked it very much. I'm a fan of historical fiction, especially royal histories. Princess Mary Tudor was the younger sister of Henry VIII, one of the lesser known characters of the Tudor dynasty. Jean Plaidy made her story interesting and compelling and kept me entertained to the end. It seemed a very quick read indeed and I look forward to reading more of Jean Plaidy's work.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Louise

    I enjoyed the first 2/3 of this one but after that it became very sappy.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I'm surprised more HF has not been written about the romance between Mary Tudor (Henry VIII's sister) and Charles Brandon (the Duke of Suffolk, elevated from humble origins because of his friendship with Henry). It's a compelling story that often gets glossed over. In this novel, Jean Plaidy does a great job of developing Mary Tudor's character, as well as showing why her marriage to the French king Louis was such a big deal (hence, the entire section that focused on the French court and Francoi I'm surprised more HF has not been written about the romance between Mary Tudor (Henry VIII's sister) and Charles Brandon (the Duke of Suffolk, elevated from humble origins because of his friendship with Henry). It's a compelling story that often gets glossed over. In this novel, Jean Plaidy does a great job of developing Mary Tudor's character, as well as showing why her marriage to the French king Louis was such a big deal (hence, the entire section that focused on the French court and Francois I's childhood). I first read this several years ago and have read it multiple times since.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rusty

    This is a quite interesting read about Mary Tudor whose lifelong love of Charles Brandon eclipsed all other parts of her life. His reputation as a womanizer and his two earlier marriages did not faze this determined woman who was infatuated with him at a very young age. As the story unfolds and her French husband dies, she turns to Brandon who discovers that he, too, loves her. This is a tale of two individuals who are certainly destined to spend their lives together. Never mind that Mary's roya This is a quite interesting read about Mary Tudor whose lifelong love of Charles Brandon eclipsed all other parts of her life. His reputation as a womanizer and his two earlier marriages did not faze this determined woman who was infatuated with him at a very young age. As the story unfolds and her French husband dies, she turns to Brandon who discovers that he, too, loves her. This is a tale of two individuals who are certainly destined to spend their lives together. Never mind that Mary's royal background makes her a political pawn. With her French marriage she had extracted a promise from her brother that her next husband will be of her choosing. So it is even as her brother plans another political marriage. Brandon and Mary marry and give whatever they can to her brother. Also enjoyed the delightful, flowing writing of this talented author. While this novel is short and could possibly have been extended by including more detail, I totally enjoyed the read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

    Way too short and written in a very distant long-ago-story fashion. I wish Charles Brandon's first two marriages and his entire personality were explained more. I wanted to know his motivations. I wish more was done with Mary's fear of Henry, and her non-fear of the French royal family. I never felt like I got in the character's heads. I never felt the fear, the joy, pain or love. I didn't feel like I was there. It was more of a historical re-telling of the facts. As I was reading, this story see Way too short and written in a very distant long-ago-story fashion. I wish Charles Brandon's first two marriages and his entire personality were explained more. I wanted to know his motivations. I wish more was done with Mary's fear of Henry, and her non-fear of the French royal family. I never felt like I got in the character's heads. I never felt the fear, the joy, pain or love. I didn't feel like I was there. It was more of a historical re-telling of the facts. As I was reading, this story seemed like it could have been so epic. If Mary was as power-hungry as the rest of the royal families (both England and France), she could have changed the world; produced an heir for France, etc. It's really interesting how she left everything to be with Brandon, who seemed only to marry her for her connections and his personal gain of power. But overall this is a good synopsis of Mary, and good to add to your Tudor collection. I just wish more could have been done with it.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Merredith

    I've been reading a lot of super long historical fiction lately, so it was a relief to read something very short for a change. I was thinking this was super short, then checked and it has 304 pages still, so you see my mind frame from those really long ones LOL. Besides the shortness, i wasn't a big fan of this book. It's about Mary, Henry VIII's little sister, and her marriages, and how she fell in love. We start off with Mary's story, then midway through, switch to an entirely different story I've been reading a lot of super long historical fiction lately, so it was a relief to read something very short for a change. I was thinking this was super short, then checked and it has 304 pages still, so you see my mind frame from those really long ones LOL. Besides the shortness, i wasn't a big fan of this book. It's about Mary, Henry VIII's little sister, and her marriages, and how she fell in love. We start off with Mary's story, then midway through, switch to an entirely different story about France, then bring Mary back in. It felt very choppy. Also, this seemed kind of frivolous, more of a romance than of any historical importance. It was just missing something, it was missing most things. I still read it, it wasn't THAT bad that I couldn't read it, but it seemed more chick lit to me, without the fun chick lit way of writing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    This is an interesting novel that focuses on a mainly forgotten figure Mary, Henry VIII's younger sister. I like the idea that you get to see an older Margret Beaufant and Henry VII. It also shows a rare vision of a younger Henry VIII, when he was the young vibrant prince. There is some nice forshadowing, including seeing a young Anne Boleyn. The writing style takes some getting into, but is good once you are used to it. The novel also veers away from the original story line in order to introduce This is an interesting novel that focuses on a mainly forgotten figure Mary, Henry VIII's younger sister. I like the idea that you get to see an older Margret Beaufant and Henry VII. It also shows a rare vision of a younger Henry VIII, when he was the young vibrant prince. There is some nice forshadowing, including seeing a young Anne Boleyn. The writing style takes some getting into, but is good once you are used to it. The novel also veers away from the original story line in order to introduce one of the characters and give him a backstory. This was rather long and could have been made shorter.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Penelope

    This was my first Jean Plaidy book and my last. The plot is interesting: Henry VIII's headstrong younger sister, Mary, falls in love with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and although she marries the aging King of France, her heart remains with her love. The research is magnificent - perhaps too much so. I got tired of her beautiful locks of hair and minute descriptions of her garments. The words "gay" and "gaiety", constantly repeated, reminded me that this book was written decades ago. Also, t This was my first Jean Plaidy book and my last. The plot is interesting: Henry VIII's headstrong younger sister, Mary, falls in love with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk and although she marries the aging King of France, her heart remains with her love. The research is magnificent - perhaps too much so. I got tired of her beautiful locks of hair and minute descriptions of her garments. The words "gay" and "gaiety", constantly repeated, reminded me that this book was written decades ago. Also, the style was from another era when telling was used more often. Overall, I struggled with this book, often jumping over whole pages, and was glad when it ended.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chris Miller

    This is, I think, a less rich take on these people than what I've read previously. I did like the look into the context of France but I'm less sure about the tendency to write particularly women in this period as practically obsessive over one person most of their lives, whether that's love interest or son. Maybe it's accurate, I don't know, but especially when it's a love interest it rings false to me, maybe not when one or two do it, but on a large scale? I don't know. Anyway, I'd have liked m This is, I think, a less rich take on these people than what I've read previously. I did like the look into the context of France but I'm less sure about the tendency to write particularly women in this period as practically obsessive over one person most of their lives, whether that's love interest or son. Maybe it's accurate, I don't know, but especially when it's a love interest it rings false to me, maybe not when one or two do it, but on a large scale? I don't know. Anyway, I'd have liked more nuance in all the characters.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Great Read A wonderfully written historical novel. I am very pleased with it. Great love story. Highly recommend. Caught me by surprise Mary is not one of my favorite Tudors but felt obligated to leave review.....I felt book was THAT good!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Paula Newham

    Jean Plaidy infuriates me with her excessively long paragraphs and chapters, however in this book I really enjoyed her interpretation of the relationship between Henry VIII and his sister, Mary.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    This book took awhile to sink into because Plaidy jumps between POVs without any warning. We'd switch between Katherine to Mary to Henry to Mary even within the same paragraph. Once I figured this out, it wasn't so bad. Aside from the narration style, this was pretty average. The story was fascinating, and Mary really grew as a character, as did the other characters around her, but half the book was taken up by the Dauphin Mary almost displaced as the next King of France. While it was interesting This book took awhile to sink into because Plaidy jumps between POVs without any warning. We'd switch between Katherine to Mary to Henry to Mary even within the same paragraph. Once I figured this out, it wasn't so bad. Aside from the narration style, this was pretty average. The story was fascinating, and Mary really grew as a character, as did the other characters around her, but half the book was taken up by the Dauphin Mary almost displaced as the next King of France. While it was interesting, it wasn't needed, not at the expense of fleshing out Mary's character more. Her mind was a one lane track of Charles Brandon. I would've preferred to read about her life in France or a more nuanced opinion of her various suitors. Why does she love Charles Brandon besides the fact he's the tallest, handsomest, and best sportsman in England? Who knows? But we do know about the bitter rival between the Dauphin's mother and Anne of Brittany. Because that's relevant for some reason. Plaidy had her own charm, and this is a decent introduction into the Tudor world featuring lesser known players, which is cool. However, it leaves the reader wanting because this could've been so engrossing. Don't come in with high expectations, and then you'll enjoy this.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kilian Metcalf

    I have been reading Jean Plaidy for years, since I was a teen. She never fails to deliver an easy well-researched read. This story of the younger, petted sister of Henry VIII is no exception. Spoiled from birth, Mary is used to getting her own way, until the matter of her marriage comes up. Then she learns the hard way that being a royal princess has its downside. Married off to the aging king of France for political reasons, she has to grow up in a hurry. At his death, she risks all to marry th I have been reading Jean Plaidy for years, since I was a teen. She never fails to deliver an easy well-researched read. This story of the younger, petted sister of Henry VIII is no exception. Spoiled from birth, Mary is used to getting her own way, until the matter of her marriage comes up. Then she learns the hard way that being a royal princess has its downside. Married off to the aging king of France for political reasons, she has to grow up in a hurry. At his death, she risks all to marry the love of her life, Charles Brandon, depending on Henry's promise, and his love for her and Charles. This intriguing story follows the facts of history, and at the same time delivers a satisfying novel with insight into Mary's feelings. A good read. My blog: The Interstitial Reader https://theinterstitialreader.wordpre...

  19. 5 out of 5

    Donna Pingry

    When I picked up this book, I thought it referred to Mary, Queen of Scots who was also Queen of France while her husband, Francis, lived. Mary Tudor was such a tiny blip on the screen of the history of France. The author truly surprised me with her take on this "blip". Mary, headstrong, persuasive, beautiful fell deeply in love with her brothers friend who was beneath her in rank. Basically, it was an impossible hope. Mary bargained with her brother, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France to marry When I picked up this book, I thought it referred to Mary, Queen of Scots who was also Queen of France while her husband, Francis, lived. Mary Tudor was such a tiny blip on the screen of the history of France. The author truly surprised me with her take on this "blip". Mary, headstrong, persuasive, beautiful fell deeply in love with her brothers friend who was beneath her in rank. Basically, it was an impossible hope. Mary bargained with her brother, Henry VIII, and Francis I of France to marry the man she loved. The cost was enormous financially but Mary found it well worth it personally. She withdrew from court as much as possible and enjoyed her children and life with her husband. As she watched the brother she loved begin to turn into the tyrant history confirmed him to be, she had no regrets. Loved this book and could hardly put it down.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Christine Cazeneuve

    Loved this book and is one of my favorites of the series. Told the story of Princess Mary (soon to briefly be Queen of France) the younger sister of Henry VIII. Mary fell in love with Henry's best friend Charles Brandon when she was a young girl but Henry had plans to wed her to the very aged Louis, King of France. Mary, who was as strong a personality as Henry, fought him on this made Henry promise that when Louis died - Mary would be free to marry whom she wished. Mary's relationship with the Loved this book and is one of my favorites of the series. Told the story of Princess Mary (soon to briefly be Queen of France) the younger sister of Henry VIII. Mary fell in love with Henry's best friend Charles Brandon when she was a young girl but Henry had plans to wed her to the very aged Louis, King of France. Mary, who was as strong a personality as Henry, fought him on this made Henry promise that when Louis died - Mary would be free to marry whom she wished. Mary's relationship with the Dauphin of France, King Louis, the Dauphin's sister and mother are very engaging and at times very humorous. Again, like the previous book it goes at a great pace and then just rushes at the end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    What is there to say ? I have read and reread novels by this author under all three of her pen names . I can only express praise for the enjoyment she has invariably given though her splendid writing. Her novels are recognised classics in their class , so what more is there to say.about Mary Queen of France ? Certainly another five star , worthy member of the extensive library from her pen.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sue Law

    A well paced entry in Plaidy's Tudor series, this is the story of Henry VIII's youngest surviving sister, Mary. The young Mary falls head over heels in love with Henry's friend, Charles Brandon. But princesses are political pawns of value and Mary must do her duty and seal the peace with France by marrying the ageing king Louis. Mary has extracted a promise that she can marry who she pleases if/when she is widowed, but can she trust Henry.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Parts of this felt like bits of other books stapled together, but I enjoyed hearing more about Mary, who is often a side character in other people's stories. I also liked the parts about Francois. A little cringe-inducing to read about how sexy this 13-year-old was supposed to be, but those were the times.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Empress

    As usual, Plaidy excels at the fiction biography of another English Royal. Not her best but thoroughly with a rad and the tantalizing wait of Mary's ability to be with whom she loves mixed with her adorable wit was a super enjoyable read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Considering how much I think I "already know" about the Tudors it seems I'd almost forgotten the sisters of Henry VIII and their place in history. Always quite interesting to read this sort of novel and think about what may or may not have really been said/felt... Enjoyable read :)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    The start is nice but there is very little about her later years. The book skips large periods of time. Granted Mary was not exactly at court a lot so historical records are scant I suppose. So not bad considering the lack of primary resources available.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Krystyna Knight

    The story of Henry VIII's younger sister Mary - forced at 18 to marry the much-older Louis XII of France, she rebels after his death and determines to marry the man she loves Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kevin Archard

    The story of Mary Queen of Scots embellished and illuminated by the imagination of Plaidy. A very good read as are most of her history based books and I find that it is her portrayal of events that remains in my mind when I think of these times.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Norah

    While I liked the book very much , love Charles Brandon and for that reason I was a little disappointed that so much of the book was set in the French court and for me not enough on Charles and Mary’s romance,, that being said I still enjoyed it..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl Jones

    Not as interesting and engaging as other Jean Plaidy books.

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