Saturday, 10 February 2018

Life in the time of… Mary, a Tudor Princess. By Tony Riches #History #Tudors #Giveaway @tonyriches

Life in the time of…
Mary, a Tudor Princess.
By Tony Riches

At the end of my Tudor Trilogy, Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII, is beginning to realise her life will be quite different when her elder brother becomes King Henry VIII. Mary had always been her father’s favourite and even had her own household from the age of six.

She must have been precocious as a child, as her father liked to have her sing and dance and play the lute and clavichord to amuse foreign ambassadors. Of course, the most important thing he could do for his daughter was find her the perfect husband. After much deliberation he chose the future Holy Roman Emperor Charles V. Younger than Mary, Prince Charles would be an important ally and had more titles than he could remember.

Unfortunately for Mary, although she’d been looking forward to becoming Empress of Rome since childhood, her brother had a much better idea - and married her off to the decrepit and diseased fifty-two-year-old King Louis XII of France. Mary was barely eighteen at the time. She might have been a bit miffed but she knew her duty as a Tudor and made the best of it. Mary insisted on being referred to as the Queen of France for the rest of her life. (At least it helped avoid confusion with her  niece, Henry VIII’s daughter Mary Tudor, later to become known as ‘Bloody Mary’.)

Louis XII Of France

Meanwhile, back in 1514, Henry VIII knew what he was doing, as Mary’s marriage formed the basis of a useful alliance with France. (He later offered his own daughter to Emperor Charles, although nothing ever came of it.) Unluckily, Mary’s marriage lasted barely ninety days, as her new husband died from his many illnesses. Rumours reached England from France that Mary had causing the death of King Louis with her ‘passionate exertions’.

It’s not impossible that the stories were gleefully spread by the mischievous courtiers of King Louis’ successor, King Francis. The problem for Mary was if she stayed in France she knew King Francis could marry her off to whoever he chose for political advantage. If she returned to England her brother would do the same. What actually became of her took both kings by surprise, as she risked her life to defy her brother – and is the subject of my new book, Mary – Tudor Princess

From the author of the international best-selling Tudor Trilogy, the true story of the Tudor dynasty continues with the daughter of King Henry VII, sister to King Henry VIII. Mary Tudor watches her elder brother become King of England and wonders what the future holds for her.

Born into great privilege, Mary has beauty and intelligence beyond her years and is the most marriageable princess in Europe. Henry plans to use her marriage to build a powerful alliance against his enemies. Will she dare risk his anger by marrying for love?

Meticulously researched and based on actual events, this 'sequel' follows Mary's story from book three of the Tudor Trilogy and is set during the reign of King Henry VIII.


Tony Riches is giving away one Kindle Copy of Mary, Tudor Princess

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Tony Riches

Tony Riches is a full-time author of best-selling historical fiction.
He lives in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is a specialist in the fifteenth century, with a particular interest in the Wars of the Roses and the lives of the early Tudors. For more information about Tony’s other books please visit his website and his popular blog, The Writing Desk and find him on Facebook and Twitter @tonyriches.


  1. Such an interesting post! I can't wait to read Mary, Tudor Princess.

  2. I have started to read this and can say it is excellent.

  3. Caroline Brook - fascinating story

  4. I would love to win a copy of this book!

    1. Beatrice you have won a copy of Tony Riches book! If you could send me an email I will send it to you! All the best, Mary Anne xxx


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