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Mary, Queen of France

Mary Queen of France 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

  • Title: Mary, Queen of France
  • Author: Jean Plaidy
  • ISBN: 9780099588054
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 goLegendary 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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    1. 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 Englanda lot of thi [...]

    2. 3.75 starsMary 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 require [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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.

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 chapterthat 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 itand the book just made me want to find out more about her relationship with Charles Brandon and her brother Henry VIII.

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 [...]

    12. 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 :)

    13. 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.

    14. Great ReadA 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 reviewI felt book was THAT good!

    15. Mary, Queen of France is the story of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's youngest sister, who was forced to marry Louis XII of France and then risked everything marrying for love Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.I have always been fascinated by Mary and admired her courage, so I greatly enjoyed reading about her. I found the book to be just as delightful and as enjoyable as the others by Plaidy I've read so far. The story is divided in three parts. In the first we get to know Mary as a very young girl at [...]

    16. I enjoyed Plaidy's focus on Mary Tudor's force of will, which guided her life at every step. This was a simple imagining of the life of Mary and her closest friends and relatives, interesting and touching, but perhaps not as intriguing as I was hoping for.

    17. This is fun historical fiction. I love anything having to do with history and royals, so this was right up my alley. I have no idea how accurate it is, but I didn't really care. It's a good read, and I cared about what happened with the characters.

    18. I have read a lot about the Tudors, and have always been curious about Henry VIII's younger sister Mary, who was married off to the elderly King of France for political reasons, was quickly widowed, and then married the man of her own choosing. In an age when royal princesses were used as political pawns and never chose their own husbands, this made her a very rare creature. In most fiction about the Tudors, she appears as a minor character and this story is only briefly touched on, so I was gla [...]

    19. I picked up this book as an recommendation when I needed a break from the other book I was reading concurrently, and the synopsis of following King Henry VIII's sister Mary sounded appealing. As with the other book I read recently, it was interesting to read about his reign from someone else's point of view where he was just a side character, especially from the point of view of his sister. Mary was married against her will to the elderly King Louis of France, becoming Queen of France for just [...]

    20. This is my first exposure to Plaidy’s Tudor fiction. I was not displeased, but I was not overly impressed either. Having read a wide range of Tudor literature, both fiction and non-fiction, I was not as captivated as I had been with other authors (Gregory, Erickson). However, it was a relatively quick read and I enjoyed the focus on a Tudor who is not often written about, Henry’s sister Mary. From her early days at court with her father, her brother’s ascension to the throne, her betrothal [...]

    21. This was good. Not fantastic, but good. The book doesn't really come together until half way though. The first quarter of the book is the story of Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's youngest sister. Her story stops when she is Married to the King of France, then the book switches to the story of Francois, his mother and sister and his childhood as they wait to see if he will become the next king of France. At 50% of the way through, Mary meets Francois. You learn about her brief time as Queen of France, t [...]

    22. I liked this book on a variety of levels, but in some ways I didn't. The book was well written, the character's well developed, but they were not the 'standard' depictions that we've come to expect of these already famous people in the Tudor umbrella. I read this book because I wanted to learn more about the relationship between Mary and Charles Brandon. Through other books I've learned some about her time in France, and her life as Queen there, and this book only added to that. But, I feel like [...]

    23. 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 [...]

    24. I thought this was an excellent book. I did not read it in order, I had already read about Henry the 8th and all his wives, This story focused on Henry's youngest sister Mary Tudor and her rise to become queen of France. I though Jean Plaidy did an excellent job of portraying the frustration and insecurities even a princess must face being shipped off to a strange land with strange people. A young woman being married to man with gout in his 50's. The people she takes with her being her comfort. [...]

    25. Oh my god!! So i'm on a Tudor craze right now! Just started watching "The Tudors" i used to b really into them when i was a kid, i read the entire "Young Royals" collection! So i'm watching "Tudors" and then i realize that i've never heard of Margaret Tudor before! -in the show she marries Charles Brandon after smothering her new husband - The king of Portugal with a pillow! Soon after she dies from Tuberculosis ;( So of course i HAVE to know more! So after a little research i'd learned about Ma [...]

    26. 52 pages in and I realised I'd already read this book!! When I originally bought it I thought it was about Mary queen of scots whom I'm yet to find a book on that charts her life in France, I've read much about her time in England as Elizabeth's prisoner and was intrigued at learning about her earlier life. But although it wasn't what I expected it was still a very enjoyable book Charles Brandon was one of the very rare people in Henry the 8ths life who managed to survive his reign and stay clos [...]

    27. I did enjoy this book and it did give me some insight into what Mary's life might have been like, but the book side tracks when there are two chapters dedicated to the French court, Francois I and his mom, sister, and their competition with Anne of Brittany.I did enjoy Plaidy's rendition of Henry VIII and his sister's relationship and how her and her husband were able to dodge Henry's wrath, especially when they wed without Henry's blessing. I also liked how Plaidy showed that there were expecta [...]

    28. I love me Jean Plaidy, and I'm on a Mary Tudor Suffolk kick, so I really wanted to love this. I enjoyed it, don't get me wrong, but something kept me from truly loving it. Switching to François' life story in the middle felt like slamming on the brakes; I skimmed until the narrative returned to Mary. I also couldn't connect with Mary or Charles until later in the story; she was too histrionic, and he was a little creepy. But once they both grew up, their love story felt real, which made me more [...]

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