The Forgotten Tudor Women: Margaret Douglas, Mary Howard & Mary Shelton

Her legacy includes marrying her son to Mary, Queen of Scots, and playing the doting grandmother to King James VI and I. All of these women received attention in academic circles and are the subjects of countless biographies. Mary howard was the daughter of Thomas Howard, third Duke of Norfolk, leading peer of the Tudor court.

She was imprisoned thrice, “not for matters of treason, as she admitted, and each time, but for love matters”. Not many people, who were close friends, however, a daughter-in-law and a mistress, realize that Henry VIII also had a niece, but who today remain on the fringes of history. Widowed at the age of seventeen, mary fought for her rightful jointure and was, by her father’s admission, “too wise for a woman”.

Everyone knows that Henry VIII had six wives, two sisters and two daughters. Margaret douglas was the daughter of Henry VIII’s elder sister Margaret, Queen of Scotland. She served as maid of honour to her first cousin, Anne Boleyn, Henry Fitzroy, and married Henry VIII’s illegitimate but acknowledged son, Duke of Richmond.

Beautiful and skilled in poetry, mary attracted henry VIII’s attention and became his mistress in 1535, but many don’t realize how important her contributions were to the literary scene of the time. This book moves margaret douglas, mary Howard and Mary Shelton from the footnotes of history into the spotlight, where they deserve to shine along with their more famous contemporaries.

Mary shelton, like mary Howard, was related to Anne Boleyn and became her servant at court.

The Forgotten Tudor Women: Anne Seymour, Jane Dudley & Elisabeth Parr

Jane dudley was a wife and mother who fought for her family until her last breath. Anne seymour served all of henry viii’s six wives and brushed with treason more than once, but she died in her bed as a wealthy old matriarch. Anne seymour, jane dudley and Elisabeth Parr all have their own unique stories to tell.

Yet anne, jane and elisabeth lived through all this and left their indelible marks on history. Born into the most turbulent period of england’s history, these women’s lives interplayed with the great dramas of the Tudor age, and their stories deserve to be told independently of their husbands. Elisabeth parr, sister-in-law of Queen Katherine Parr, married for love and became Elizabeth I’s favourite lady-in-waiting.

The tudor age was a hazardous time for ambitious women: courtly life exposed them to “pride, indignation, scorning and derision”, executions were part of everyday life, envy, death in childbirth was a real possibility and plagues sweeping regularly through the country could wipe out entire generations of families.

. It’s high time for these women’s stories to be heard.

Great Ladies: The Forgotten Witnesses to the Lives of Tudor Queens

These female attendants saw their queens and princesses up close and often used their intimate bonds to their own benefit. Some were beloved, others hated. There has been a great deal written about Tudor queens, but less so about those women who surrounded the throne, who may have held even more power and influence than those who actually wore the golden crown.

Some ladies who served at the tudor court are only faceless silhouettes lost to the sands of time, but there are those who dedicated their lives to please their royal mistresses and left documentation, allowing us to piece their life stories together and link them to the stories of Tudor queens. This is the story of the ladies of the Tudor court like you’ve never read it before.


Rival Sisters: Mary & Elizabeth Tudor

Partners both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection. This inscription is visible on the tomb where elizabeth I and her half sister, Mary I, lie buried together in one vault in the North Aisle of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey. Mary’s reign was the darkest period in Elizabeth’s life.

It is the relationship between elizabeth and her Scottish cousin Mary Stuart that is often discussed and pondered over while the relationship between Elizabeth and her own half sister is largely forgotten. I stood in danger of my life, my sister was so incensed against me, ” Elizabeth reminded her councillors when they pressed her to name a successor.

It is time to tell the whole story of the fierce rivalry between the Tudor half sisters who became their father’s successors. Yet it is the relationship with Mary Tudor that forged Elizabeth’s personality and set her on the path to queenship.

Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise

Content until now to remain in the background and play the part of the obedient wife, courage, charm, determination, Marie spent the next eighteen years effectively governing Scotland—devoting her considerable intellect, and energy to safeguarding her daughter’s inheritance by using a deft mixture of cunning, and tolerance.

James’s premature death four years later left their six-day-old daughter, as queen, Mary, and presented Marie with the formidable challenge of winning the support of the Scottish people and protecting her daughter’s threatened birthright. A political power in her own right, she was born into the powerful and ambitious Lorraine family, spending her formative years at the dazzling, licentious court of François I.

Although briefly courted by henry VIII, she instead married his nephew, James V of Scotland, in 1538. This biography, from the author of marie Antoinette: An Intimate History, tells the story and offers a fresh assessment of this most fascinating and underappreciated of sixteenth-century female rulers.

The little-known story of the mother of mary, queen of Scots and her feud with the Tudors: “Will fascinate anyone who loves a simmering, twisting tale” All About History. Mary, marie de guise, queen of scots continues to intrigue both historians and the general public—but the story of her mother, is much less well known.


Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court

What responsibilities did ladies-in-waiting and maids of honour have?-what was required to be selected as a lady-in-waiting?-What did an ordinary day at court look like?-What role did ladies-in-waiting play in the fall of Anne Boleyn and Katherine Howard?-Who are some of the most famous ladies to have served the Tudor queens?These and many other topics are covered in Ladies-in-Waiting: Women Who Served at the Tudor Court.

Drawing on a variety of sixteenth-century sources such as manuscripts, chronicles and personal letters, household accounts, Victoria Sylvia Evans explores the role of ladies-in-waiting at the Tudor court.

Golden Age Ladies: Women Who Shaped the Courts of Henry VIII and Francis I

They lived on the brink of the golden age of the European Renaissance and witnessed social and religious upheavals as the medieval world they knew crumbled to dust, replacing the old with the new. Set against the backdrop of sixteenth-century court life are the interwoven stories of individual French and English noblewomen whose dramatic lives even the best of novelists would have trouble inventing.

Louise of savoy knows that her son Francis is destined for greatness, but he faces new challenges after his accession, trusting his mother to become regent during his absence. Mary tudor agrees to marry louis xii, she decides to become no man’s pawn and marries for love, but after his unexpected death, a man thirty-four years her senior, creating one of the greatest scandals in Renaissance Europe.

Claude of france may have been meek and submissive, but there is more to her character than meets the eye. Brought up at the french court, Anne Boleyn boldly refuses to become Henry VIII’s mistress. Her refusal triggers the King’s divorce case and eventually leads to the change of religious persuasion of the entire nation.

Two such courts as those of France and England have not been witnessed for the last fifty years. Niccolo sagudino, 1515they had to be strong if they wanted to make it in a man’s world. In this new book, sylvia barbara soberton paints a vivid picture of the rivalry between the courts of England and France during the reigns of Henry VIII and Francis I.

Queen eleanor, charles v’s sister, anne de pisseleu, where his glittering mistress, marries Francis I and struggles to find her place at the French court, reigns supreme and exerts more influence than any royal mistress before her.

The Private Lives of the Tudors: Uncovering the Secrets of Britain's Greatest Dynasty

What did the monarchs eat? what clothes did they wear, how were they treated? what games did they play? how did they practice their faith? And whom did they love, and taking us into the kitchens, and bedrooms at court, upbringing, schoolrooms, and how were they designed, bathrooms, sexual lives, bought, The Private Lives of the Tudors charts the course of the entire dynasty, and cared for? How did they wield power? When sick, and how did they give birth to the all-important heirs?Exploring their education, surfacing new and fascinating insights into these celebrated figures.

. In the private lives of the tudors, acclaimed historian Tracy Borman delves deep behind the public face of the monarchs, showing us what their lives were like beyond the stage of the court. Drawing on original material from those closest to them—courtiers like the “groom of the stool, ” a much-coveted position, surprisingly—Borman examines Tudor life in fine detail.

England’s tudor monarchs—henry vii, edward vi, henry VIII, Mary I, and Elizabeth I—are perhaps the most celebrated and fascinating of all royal families in history. But for all we know about henry’s quest for male heirs, the lives of the Tudor monarchs away from the public eye remain largely beyond our grasp, or Elizabeth’s purported virginity, mostly not chronicled by previous historians.

Their love affairs, their political triumphs, and their overturning of the religious order are the subject of countless works of popular scholarship.

The Tudor Brandons: Mary and Charles - Henry VIII's Nearest & Dearest

Charles rose from being Henry's childhood friend to becoming the Duke of Suffolk; a consummate courtier and diplomat. Their actions could have been construed as treason yet Henry chose to spare their lives. They returned to court and despite their ongoing disagreements throughout the years, especially over the king's marriage to Anne Boleyn, the Tudor Brandons remained Henry's most loyal subjects and perhaps more importantly, his beloved family.

At first married to the king of france, Mary quickly wed Charles after Louis XII's death in 1515, against her brother's wishes. Mary was always royalty. This fascinating book studies the life and times of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, Henry VIII's dearest sister and his closest companion.

The Catherine Howard Conspiracy: A gripping conspiracy thriller with a dramatic twist The Marquess House Trilogy Book 1

Mary inexplicably cut all contact with Perdita and her twin sister, but she has left them Marquess House, Piper, her vast estate in Pembrokeshire. Perdita sets out to unravel their grandmother’s motives for abandoning them, and is drawn into the mystery of an ancient document in the archives of marquess House, a collection of letters and diaries claiming the records of Catherine Howard’s execution were falsified…What truths are hiding in Marquess House? What really happened to Catherine Howard?And how was Perdita’s grandmother connected to it all?THE CATHERINE HOWARD CONSPIRACY is the first book in the Marquess House trilogy, a dual timeline conspiracy thriller with an ingenious twist on a well-known period of Tudor history.

The marquess house trilogy seriesbook one: the catherine Howard ConspiracyBOOK TWO: The Elizabeth Tudor ConspiracyBOOK THREE: The Arbella Stuart Conspiracy. Catching the king’s fancy, she finds herself caught up in her uncle’s ambition to get a Howard heir to the throne. A timeshift thriller that will have you completely gripped! Perfect for fans of Dan Brown, Philippa Gregory, Kate Mosse and Tom Harper.

What secrets were covered up at the court of henry viii …?whitehall palace, 1539when Catherine Howard arrives at the court of King Henry VIII to be a maid of honour in the household of the new queen, England, Anne of Cleves, she has no idea of the fate that awaits her. Terrified by the ageing king after the fate that befell her cousin, Catherine begins to fear for her life… Pembrokeshire, 2018Dr Perdita Rivers receives news of the death of her estranged grandmother, Anne Boleyn, Wales, renowned Tudor historian Mary Fitzroy.


Tudor Dawn: Henry Tudor is ready to take the crown... The Tudor Saga Series Book 1

The rise of the royal house of tudor! Perfect for fans of Conn Iggulden, Robyn Young, Alison Weir and Anthony Riches. The birth of a new dynasty is on the horizon. England, 1469-1509the wars of the roses are raging and England is in turmoil with the ongoing power-struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster.

As the throne is wrested between Henry VI of Lancaster and Edward IV of York, young Henry Tudor grows up in exile. A powerful threat to one faction and a symbol of hope for the other, Henry Tudor is moulded by his battled-hardened uncle Jasper and his power-hungry mother, Margaret Beaufort into the king he will one day become.

How will henry prove his worth as heir to the throne? will he live up to his uncle’s expectations?He must fulfill his destiny to finally unite the red rose and the white…Tudor Dawn is the first thrilling historical adventure novel in the Tudor Saga Series, chronicling the rise and fall of one of England’s most powerful royal families.

The tudor saga seriesbook one: tudor dawnbook two: the king’s commonerbook three: justice for the CardinalBOOK FOUR: An Uneasy CrownBOOK FIVE: The Queen In WaitingBOOK SIX: The Heart Of A King.