On June 25, 1533, Mary Tudor died at the age of 37. She had briefly served as Queen of France when married to Louis XII of France, but for almost all of her adult life she would be married to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk. Brandon, a close friend of Henry VIII, had married Mary secretly on her return from France.
As the princess who made a secret marriage for love, Mary is a star of the Tudor era. While she was Queen of France, Anne Boleyn served in her court as a maid of honor. Over 15 years later, that same Anne threatened the marriage of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon. The Duchess of Suffolk remained in staunch support of her sister-in-law Katherine, even refusing to come to court while Boleyn was there. In 1532, Mary is described by the Spanish ambassador as using "opprobrious language" about Boleyn. Her husband, Charles Brandon, remained in support of the king's affair, except for in 1530 when Anne offended him. He complained to the king and was temporarily banished from court.
In September of the same year as her death, Charles Brandon, now 48, married again, this time to 13 year old Katherine Willoughby. Their marriage was overshadowed by the birth of Elizabeth I, taking place the same day in the same palace. •••
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