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Mary Tudor (queen consort of France)

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This article is about Mary Tudor, queen consort of France. For her niece and namesake, Mary Tudor, queen regnant of England, see Mary I of England.

Mary Tudor (March 28 1495June 25 1533), was the youngest daughter of Henry VII of England. Her brother, Henry VIII was quite close to her when they were children, and he named his daughter, the future Queen Mary, after Mary Tudor; his warship Mary Rose was also named in her honour.

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Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon

At the age of 18, Mary Tudor married 52-year-old Louis XII of France, at Abbeville, on October 9 1514. Despite two previous marriages, Louis had no living sons. However, Louis died on January 1 1515, less than three months after he married Mary, and there were no children. Nevertheless, her English contemporaries frequently referred to Mary as 'the French Queen'.

Less than 6 months later, on May 13 1515, she married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (of the second creation) at Greenwich Palace. Suffolk was the son of William Brandon, standard-bearer of Henry VII, who was slain by Richard III in person on Bosworth Field, and had taken part in the jousts to celebrate Mary's marriage to Louis. He was also accredited to negotiate various matters with Louis, and was sent to congratulate the new King of France, Francis I, following Louis' death.

Mary's marriage to Suffolk greatly angered her brother, Henry VIII, but he soon forgave them, though he fined them heavily. Together, Mary and Suffolk had three children:


Relations between Henry VIII and Mary were further strained in the late 1520s when she opposed him in his attempt to receive an annulment from Queen Catherine of Aragon. Mary was known to have a hatred for the future queen Anne Boleyn.

Mary is buried at the ruined abbey at Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.

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