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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 theLegendary 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....

Title : Mary, Queen of France
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ISBN : 9780609810217
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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Mary, Queen of France Reviews

  • Mirah W
    2019-03-09 05:28

    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 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.

  • LibraryCin
    2019-03-04 08:23

    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 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.

  • Samantha Mitchell
    2019-02-24 08:32

    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.

  • Duane
    2019-03-13 09:33

    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.

  • Louise
    2019-02-27 11:34

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

  • Jessica
    2019-03-03 04:31

    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.

  • Adrienne
    2019-03-17 06:24

    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.

  • Kristin Davison
    2019-03-19 07:21

    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.

  • Chris Miller
    2019-03-05 09:12

    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.

  • Juliew.
    2019-03-10 05:10

    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.

  • Alice Heider
    2019-03-19 04:17

    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.

  • Penelope
    2019-03-10 08:08

    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.

  • Alison
    2019-03-04 09:14

    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 :)

  • Empress
    2019-02-19 08:14

    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.

  • Linda
    2019-02-24 10:21

    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 review.....I felt book was THAT good!

  • Audrey
    2019-02-23 05:33

    slow book and didnt get al the way through. Slow book and many uninteresting/ not needed parts.

  • Elena
    2019-03-19 12:19

    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 the English Court. We see her close relationship with her brother and her falling in love with Brandon. Mary, who is charming, beautiful and always gay, leads a very merry life, except for one thing: she is a royal princess and so she is destined to marry for political reason. And Henry indeed betroths her to Louis XII of France, who is thirty years her senior. Mary is in despair, but at last accepts her fate on one condition: when Louis dies, she will marry whom she wishes.I must admit I was not completely happy with Mary. Especially at the beginning, she is not a very likeable heroine: she is spoiled, hot-tempered, insolent and reckless. Even though I felt sorry for her marrying Louis, she complained about it so much that after a while I became annoyed. And the fact that she constantly wished for his death was not very nice either – at least she felt a little sorry for it. All things considered, however, I still liked her for her boldness, wit, charm and determination. I was instead really satisfied about Mary's relationship with Henry. I have a soft spot for close brother/sister relationships, and in this case it is believable and well done. Mary's and Brandon's love story is a little confused: she falls hard for him and fights for him all her life, but Charles appears to be a weak man, even if he also seems to love her sincerely. He remains an ambiguous character – but he was so even in real life, so perhaps that was Plaidy's intent. However, Mary's devotion to Brandon, even if a little unmotivated, is so fierce and strong that I could not help but root for them. The second part is about Mary's time as Queen of France, even though it opens with a long excursus about Francois, the Dauphin of France, who has waited to be king his whole life and so is afraid of Louis's new marriage (if Louis gets a son, he will be king of France). In this part Francois, his mother Louise and his sister Marguerite are as important as Mary is. Louis is actually very kind to Mary, whom he adores, but the english princess can't help but wish constantly for his death. And she doesn't have to wait long, for the king dies after a few months. Henry appears to be already looking for a new husband for her sister, not caring about his promise, so Mary decides to marry Brandon secretly.The long time spent on Francois in this part took me by surprise at first, but I ended up enjoying it. It was nice learning more about him and his family. I found them all to be quite well developed. I also really loved reading about Mary playing them – she was positively wicked, but the joke was fun. In the third part Mary returns to England with her new husband. Henry is not very angry with them, and soon the three of them are again happy together. Mary and Charles, however, find themselves enjoying more a quiet life in the country with their children than one at the Court, mostly because Henry is becoming more cruel and dangerous. Their life proceeds mostly happily, and the book ends with Mary's death.I was glad to see Mary getting what she wanted, but I expected Henry to be more angry with her. The whole matter, which was presented to be such a big deal, was risolved way too easily in my opinion. I also wish Plaidy had developed more Mary's growing fear of Henry. We all know how Henry turned out to be in real life, but in the book his evolution wasn't much shown. Mary's sudden dislike and fear of her adored brother seemed a little out of place. It is a pity, because it could have been an interesting and fresh view on Henry's character.

  • Amy Martin
    2019-02-23 12:06

    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.

  • Ali
    2019-02-20 10:27

    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.

  • Gail Amendt
    2019-03-02 07:14

    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 glad to find that Jean Plaidy dedicated a book to Mary's story. As with all Plaidy's royal novels, this is a great history lesson made more readable by telling it as a personal story. I found the character development in this one to be little better than Plaidy's norm, and I found myself feeling that I really did know Mary by the end. I would have liked a somewhat longer novel so that we could have explored more of her husband Charles Brandon's character as well, but I suspect that the historical records do not contain enough material to allow this, and Jean Plaidy is known for diligent research and a high degree of accuracy. She does a very good job of explaining the political situation in France that resulted in Mary's marriage to a sick old man. No matter how much I read about the Tudors and other royals of that time, I am still shocked by the complete lack of autonomy for women, and have to really admire Mary Tudor for taking control of her own life against the wishes of her tyrannical brother.

  • Joy
    2019-03-21 08:11

    I picked up this book as an Amazon 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 a few short months before his death, after which she managed to scheme her way into marrying her true love, Charles Brandon the Duke of Suffolk. The story was well written, with brilliant characterization and description of Mary and several of the supporting characters, and enough detail about clothing and setting to be lush without dragging. The author did take a sudden change in topic to cover the upbringing of Francois, the Dauphin of France, and while the information and characters were pertinent to the story, it took some time to recover from the jarring jump backwards in time and location. The ending of the story was of necessity more rushed than the central events surrounding Mary's two marriages, but it was not overly so and there were some keen observations of Henry's character throughout the latter third of the novel. It was an entertaining read and I'm glad that I picked it up.

  • Julie
    2019-03-19 10:08

    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 to Charles of Castile, her marriage to the aging King of France, through her long-sought marriage to Charles Brandon, Plaidy’s Mary is almost one-dimensional, but it is a good story, nonetheless. The enduring romance between Mary and Charles Brandon was the heart of the plot. I could have done without the extensive background on the Dauphin Francois, but I liked that King Louis was portrayed in a sympathetic light. While I wished it was a little more detailed and multifaceted, I still enjoyed the history and I look forward to reading Plaidy’s novel about Henry’s other sister, Margaret in The Thistle and the Rose.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-11 08:06

    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, then it is back to England for her - Francois isn't really mentioned again. What bothered me was the time the author spent providing insight to Francois and the intrigue of the a french court. While it was interesting, it did little to move the story of Mary and her love, the Duke of Suffolk forward. The end of the book, with Henry VIII's obsession with Anne Boleyn, his mood swings and the impact they have on Mary and her family, was the most fascinating to me ...but it was written in such a quick, high level manner that made me finish the book and think "that's it?"

  • Ravin Maurice
    2019-02-27 12:29

    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, walking away from this book, I know quite a bit about Charles Brandon but not that much about Mary. So, I'm still on the hunt for something about Mary. Perhaps I have to read some non fiction. But, anyone who picks up this book and its looking for a good Tudor romp this book won't disappoint. Its a bit more of a historical romance then historical fiction, and I quite enjoyed the bits about Francis I and his family, especially Marguerite of Angoulême, who is always a favorite character of mine.

  • Merredith
    2019-03-14 10:07

    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.

  • Zoe
    2019-02-24 06:06

    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. Women were political bargaining chips. The book accurately reflects other character traits I've read about for Henry the 8th. Period wise it's spot on. An excellent portrayal. Even a snippet in the book about the Borgia, which are a fascinating study in themselves. I'll look for more books by Jean Plaidy.

  • Alena
    2019-03-21 06:15

    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 Margaret AND Mary Tudor- both sisters of the king! Margaret was the one who supposedly killed the Portuguese king after Henry made her marry him! And obviouslyMary was the the one who had the whole "Charles Brandon" thing! I guess they combined two charectors 4 the show! Anyway the Charles/Margaret storyline drew me in and here i am!! Just got the book today already half-way through!!

  • Michelle
    2019-03-21 07:10

    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 close to the King dying of natural causes in old age not long before the King himself, reading about how he managed this is interesting enough but the fact that he managed to marry the kings beloved sister without permission and keep favour with the King was almost a miracle, Jean Plaidy's books are always a joy to read

  • Karen
    2019-02-24 08:07

    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 expectations imposed on Royals in regards to marriage that wasn't a requirement for other people. Mary Tudor, Queen of France, that's the title and I wish there was more about her life there as Queen and her life once her reign was over.

  • Heather Domin
    2019-03-15 06:18

    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 disappointed when it ended so abruptly. Still, you can't deny Plaidy's ability to blend historical fact with romantic drama, and drama is the key word here. Good old-fashioned sighing-and-crying romance.