Mary, Queen of France (Tudor Saga, #9)

ISBN: 0609810219
ISBN 13: 9780609810217
By: Jean Plaidy

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Gail Amendt

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.


I thought Mary's life was fascinating. And reading about her plight in life - at least initially - helped me get through a hard week! Funny that our little girls are obsessed with princesses when in reality, there were quite a few things that really weren't great about being a princess!

Gina Basham

I am a fan of historical fiction and this was a winner. I love when authors can take you to another time and place with enough historical reference to be believable. I would love to read more by Jean Plaidy - she was a prolific writer. I have moved and need to get a new library card. I think I would go broke trying to read them all - and I'd love to! I can't wait to read more.

Louise Fry

I found this book very interesting and rich with background knowledge of the central characters - Mary Tudor, Dauphin Francis future king, King Louis as well. It was refreshing to once again learn at something in which I never knew about and I enjoyed reading about these interesting characters.At first I worried about the style of writing that Plaidy, would adopt even the style was old-fashioned with fancier words, I still felt enchanted with the story she was trying to put across and found in the end the style of writing was perfectly suited with in the book!I would not hesitate again to read any of her books as i thoroughly enjoyed this one


I really enjoyed this book. Jean Plaidy is one of my favorite authors although I first knew her as Victoria Holt. Her novels always include so much history that can be verified it makes the fictional novels seem almost real. This book had lots of suspense and emotional ups and downs. It really held my interest. Can't wait to read another one of her books!

Patricia Ricard

I enjoyed reading this book. Jean Plaidy did a wonderful job of creating a historical fiction story with factual information about King Henry VIII, his sister Queen Mary of France, and the royal Tudor family. The story compelled me to do a little internet research and I found that indeed the background information and royal traditions of the time to be accurate. As a woman, I was emotionally invested in the story and amazed at how young Mary was when she was betrothed(promised)to someone she had never met.


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.

Miranda Diaz

A good, not fantastic read about Mary, Queen of France, focusing upon her challenges in love including her unwilling marriage to King Louis of France and her tormented love of Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. The book gives great insight into her fierce and determined character, deep resentment of her station in life and desire for the simplicity of love. Book lacks much substance outside of this story, and a few too many poorly developed and short term characters to keep track, but a good read for those who love the Tudors and their machinations.


This would probably be more along the lines of a 4.5 stars, but anyway...This book is a quick read.I thoroughly enjoyed this book about Princess Mary, Henry VIII youngest sister. It reminded me why I love Jean Plaidy's books. I have read about Mary in the "sidelines" of other books, but never one just about her. I enjoyed learning about her and also more about 2 of France's Kings. She is very headstrong and playful, not unlike her brother and grandfather (King Edward). Her last name may be Tudor but it seems she may have favored her mothers side of the family more than her fathers. She is an intersting lady, and now I am curious about her children and her last husband...


The love story of Mary, sister to Henry VIII, and hist best mate Charles Brandon. Enveloped in the story is also a substantial telling of how Francis Incame to the throne of France. Some might find this a bbit distracting from the main story, though I found myself wishing Plaidy had devoted a whole novel to it's telling.


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!!


Talk about a depressing, evil time in the history of the world! The characters in this book seemed only concerned about themselves, had no regard for human life or morality and were not happy. The worst part is that it is true. I find it sad that little girls currently wish to be princesses. If this book depicts what life is like for a princess, I wouldn't want to wish that on anyone!On the bright side, I thought the author did a good job of taking historical facts and making the events and people depicted realistic. I am not a history buff, and maybe this is why.

Edie Houston

I never can get the genealogy of the royals straight, so there were a couple of confusing pages here, but I was able to follow the most important branches for this story. Mary is the younger sister of Henry VIII, but it's her story...not his. Perhaps I should have given it 4 stars!


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.

Gabrielle Blin

** spoiler alert ** The enchanting true story of my lovely Mary Tudor,Queen of France and Charles Brandon,Duke of Suffolk.I enjoyed this book but was hoping for a little more information about Mary's childhood and her life with Charles

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