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Mary, Queen of France: The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII (Tudor Saga Book 9) by [Plaidy, Jean]
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"Her novels are still very much to be enjoyed ... Any writer who can both educate and thrill a reader of any age deserves to be remembered and find new fans ... One only has to look at the TV/Media to see that the appetite for this kind of writing is still very much there" -- Matt Bates WH Smith Travel "Jean Plaidy doesn't just write the history, she makes it come alive." -- Julia Moffat, RNA "This recaptures the colour and the lusty dishonesty of the French and English courts of the 16th century. Plaidy addicts will love it" Evening Standard "These books are page-turners; they offer a wonderful way to learn about history, their heroines are smart, strong and in control of their destinies and their stories will remain with you for ever...They are a celebration of women's spirit throughout history." Daily Express "Full-blooded, dramatic, exciting" Observer

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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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  • File Size: 3520 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (April 22, 2010)
  • Publication Date: May 5, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003EWAPYW
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By lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2004
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Jean Plaidy, renowned writer of historical fiction, who is also known to her legions of fans as Victoria Holt, wrote two books about the Tudor princesses. One is titled "The Thistle and the Rose" and is about Margaret Tudor, the older sister of King Henry VIII. This book takes a look at his younger sister, the beautiful, headstrong Mary, who was his favorite. The author, as always, weaves an interesting work of historical fiction gathered from the facts that are known about her subject.
The Princess Mary, in keeping with the traditions of the time, was not in control of own fate. Used as a political pawn through the rites of betrothal, she was finally married off to the sickly King of France, Louis XII, who was more than forty years her senior. Beautiful, vivacious, passionate about her feelings, and headstrong, the teenage Mary went kicking and screaming to the altar, as she was secretly in love with her brother's then best friend, Charles Brandon, a commoner whom King Henry VIII eventually elevated and upon whom he conferred the title of Duke of Suffolk. Before leaving for France, Mary extracted a promise from her brother that he would allow her to marry whom she chose the second time around.
Comforted by her brother's promise, Mary would make the most of her relatively brief sojourn in France, where her beauty and charm would capture the devotion of her French subjects, as well as the roving eye of the charming but married Francois, nephew to King Louis XII and his heir. After biding her time, the ailing King of France died, freeing Mary from her marriage to the kindly, infirm man whom she did not love.
Freed from the bonds of her distasteful marriage, Mary, hearing rumors that her brother was again trying to marry her off for political advantage, went into action.
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This is the second book by Jean Plaidy I've recently read; and it far surpassed "The Thistle and the Rose" though I enjoyed that book as well. I guess it's the subject matter that I found more interesting. Mary, the younger sister of King Henry VIII, was exuberant and determined and deeply in love. The story follows her through they typical political betrothal, an eventual wedding to a sick old man and the turmoil of her brother's court...all while she single-mindedly seeks only to love one man. I hung on every word, hoping for her happiness and admiring her for how bravely she faced her brother during his decent into apparent power-crazed madness. As the book closed, I could only imagine what great things history would have recorded of the Tudor court had Mary been the Queen of England and not simply a secondary figure in King Henry VIII's court.
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Mary, Queen of France was a historically accurate, well-written, enjoyable book. I would recommend it to anyone who likes entertaining books that have basis in fact.
Summary: Mary, a lively, cheerful girl, is the younger sister of King Henry VIII of England. Mary loves her brother's best friend, Charles Brandon, but she can't marry him. Henry has betrothed Mary to a Spanish nobleman. The Spanish nobleman is dull, and Mary hates him. She wants nothing more than to marry Charles and live a simple, happy life with him. Luckily, Mary evades the marriage with Spain, and she believes that she will be able to marry Charles. Then Henry arranges for her to marry the 52-year old King of France! Mary agrees to become the queen of France because she knows the king is old and will die soon, and she'll then be free to marry Charles. Mary meets some interesting people in France, though . . . . and I can't give away the rest!
I think that this book had very interesting content. Mary is a fascinating character, and I constantly wanted to know what happened next. All the characters were 3-D and were easy to understand and sympathize with. The writing was a little bit awkward; there were some phrases that didn't flow, and the writing sometimes changed to a different person's perspective without telling the reader. Overall, this was a worthwhile read, and anyone who enjoys historical fiction should read this.
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I own this book. I have nothing against Jean Plaidy (aka Victoria Holt); she was a fine historical fiction writer as well as one of the best romance-suspense writers around. "Mary, Queen of France" follows the story of Princess Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's high-spirited, red-haired baby sister. Plaidy has the basic facts of Mary's life down: Her marriage at 18 to the frail 52-year-old King Louis XII of France, her elopement with Charles Brandon only a week and several days after Louis's sudden death, and Mary's own death at age 38 from tuberculosis. Woven through the 287-page story is the budding romance between Mary and Charles. Plaidy gives the story a firm romance writer's touch with such sentences as "her dark, smoldering eyes", "Francois, lean and hungry...hungry for her body", and "Charles, kiss me...for the last time, kiss me." The story is enjoyable up until the last chapter, where Plaidy wraps things up a little too quickly for my liking. No doubt this is due to Mary's life becoming somewhat unexciting after returning to England as Mrs. Charles Brandon, and the fact that Mary was actually a minor character in the greater Tudor dynastic drama, but I think Plaidy could have found enough information to stretch out the final years of Mary's life for a few more pages.
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