Mary, Queen of France by Jean Plaidy
The Story of the Youngest Sister of Henry VIII (A Novel of the Tudors)

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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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About Jean Plaidy

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Jean Plaidy one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt and Philippa Carr. Her novels have been translated into more than twenty languages and have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.
 
Published April 22, 2010 by Broadway Books. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Jean Plaidy brings to life a story centers around a beautiful princess who also rebelled against the most powerful man in Europe, her own brother in Mary, Queen of France (1964).

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In "Mary, Queen of France" by Jean Plaidy, the beautiful youngest sister of King Henry VIII falls deeply in love with Charles Brandon, the best friend of the king, but is forced to marry the aging King Louis XII.

Nov 19 2009 | Read Full Review of Mary, Queen of France: The St...

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