Portraits of 16th century ladies by Richard Burchett 1815–1875) at Palace of Westminster; Catherine Howard Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Mary of Guise, Queen of Scotland Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour

Portraits of 16th century ladies by Richard Burchett 1815–1875) at Palace of Westminster; Catherine Howard Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Mary of Guise, Queen of Scotland Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's favourite sister - detail from her marriage portrait to Charles Brandon in1515, after she was the dowager Queen of France. She married Charles Brandon, one of Henry's dearest friends, and became the Duchess of Suffolk. She also became the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey, whose claim to the English throne came from Mary.

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's favourite sister - detail from her marriage portrait to Charles Brandon in1515, after she was the dowager Queen of France. She married Charles Brandon, one of Henry's dearest friends, and became the Duchess of Suffolk. She also became the grandmother of Lady Jane Grey, whose claim to the English throne came from Mary.

A portrait of Queen Mary I.  By or after Antonis Mor, 16th century. National Trust, Petworth House.

A portrait of Queen Mary I. By or after Antonis Mor, 16th century. National Trust, Petworth House.

Mary Tudor sister of Henry VIII and consort queen of France as wife of King Louis XII of France

Mary Tudor sister of Henry VIII and consort queen of France as wife of King Louis XII of France

Mary Tudor, Later Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon (his first wife)

Mary Tudor, Later Mary I, daughter of Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon (his first wife)

MaryTudorQueenFrance - Mary Tudor, Queen of France - Wikipedia, the free…

MaryTudorQueenFrance - Mary Tudor, Queen of France - Wikipedia, the free…

Said to be Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry the VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Said to be Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry the VIII and Catherine of Aragon

Is this Anne Boleyn at age 14, stopping off at home on her way to serve Princess Mary Tudor as queen of France, and showing off her French finery? Or is this another version of the "French Hood" pattern portrait? Or is it an overpainted original or an overpainted portrait of someone else entirely? Whatever the answer is, it's about the most exciting thing to happen in the field of Anne Boleyn in a good while.

Is this Anne Boleyn at age 14, stopping off at home on her way to serve Princess Mary Tudor as queen of France, and showing off her French finery? Or is this another version of the "French Hood" pattern portrait? Or is it an overpainted original or an overpainted portrait of someone else entirely? Whatever the answer is, it's about the most exciting thing to happen in the field of Anne Boleyn in a good while.

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister, is not to be confused with Mary Tudor, Henry's daughter, who is known as Bloody Mary. Henry's sister     was first married to Louis XII of France, much against her will. She was 19 at the time; Louis was 52. He only lived for 3 months after the wedding --  Mary then secretly married Charles Brandon, the Earl of Suffolk -- a close friend of Henry VIII's.

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister, is not to be confused with Mary Tudor, Henry's daughter, who is known as Bloody Mary. Henry's sister was first married to Louis XII of France, much against her will. She was 19 at the time; Louis was 52. He only lived for 3 months after the wedding -- Mary then secretly married Charles Brandon, the Earl of Suffolk -- a close friend of Henry VIII's.

ca. 1515 Mary Tudor closeup from portrait with Henry Brandon attributed to Jan Mabuse (Woburn Abbey - Woburn, Bedfordshire UK) | Grand Ladies | gogm

ca. 1515 Mary Tudor closeup from portrait with Henry Brandon attributed to Jan Mabuse (Woburn Abbey - Woburn, Bedfordshire UK) | Grand Ladies | gogm

Princess Mary Tudor, her brooch signifies her engagement to Charles V. Her one of many that her father made for her.

Princess Mary Tudor, her brooch signifies her engagement to Charles V. Her one of many that her father made for her.

Katherine of Aragon Marys mother Henry VIII first wife. Mary was sent away from court and not permitted to see her mum. Caused her great stress.

Katherine of Aragon Marys mother Henry VIII first wife. Mary was sent away from court and not permitted to see her mum. Caused her great stress.

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors.  When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist.  She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.

Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's younger sister was known as one of the most beautiful princesses in Europe. She also had the trademark red hair of the Tudors. When she married the King of France, the Ambassador from Venice described her as " a Paradise - tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor". She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist. She and her brother Henry were close as children, and he named his daughter Mary after her.

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