Princess Margaret Tudor
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Mary's Motto : La volenté de Dieu me suffit (The will of God is sufficient for me)
Margaret's Motto: Rosa Sine Spina (Rose Without a Thorn)
*This Fictional Character is an amalgamation of Henry's two sisters, Margaret & Mary *
| Margaret - born Nov 28, 1489 - died Oct 18, 1541 |
Mary ---- born Mar 18, 1496 - died Jun 25, 1533
Character's backstory: Historically, Margaret was King Henry VIII's elder sister, who became Queen of Scotland. However, on the show, the character combines Margaret Tudor's name with the actions (sort of *) of Henry's younger sister, Mary Tudor.
* Mary married the King of France Louis XII, not the King of Portugal. He died of natural causes within a few months and not by murder at her hands, after which she married Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk. Even after her second marriage, Mary was normally referred to at the English Court as "the French Queen", and was not known as "the Duchess of Suffolk" in her lifetime, probably to remind her that she had married below her rank. Mary spent most of her time at the Duke's country seat of Westhorpe Hall in Suffolk. Mary opposed her brother's attempts to annul his marriage to Katherine of Aragon, who was her friend and disliked Anne Boleyn due to this. This caused relations between herself and her brother to be strained.
Gentility: Sister of King Henry VIII & daughter of Elizabeth of York and Henry Vll
Position: Princess, Queen of Portugal (on the show, Queen of Scotland or France in reality)
Personality type: Feisty Tudor Lass
Signature look: Sultry (in the series)
Quotes about Mary:
"Nature never formed anything more beautiful." ~ Erasmus
"a Paradise—tall, slender, grey-eyed, possessing an extreme pallor" ~ Venetian Ambassador
"She wore her glorious silken red-gold hair flowing loose to her waist" ~ Historian Hester Chapman
Endearing trait(s): Determination
Annoying trait(s): spoilt
Nickname(s): The Tudor Rose
Margaret - the Carthusian Priory of St. John in Perth (which was demolished in 1559)
Mary - St. Mary's Church in Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk
Softly love and to love softly
Dew on the sycamore branch and creaking gate
And my heart hurries afterwards
through the path of wheat along the briar
to that stone under which I lie ~
Margaret's last words (Season1 Episode 9)
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| CHARACTER CONNECTIONS |
Father: Henry VII
Mother: Elizabeth of York
Brother: Prince Arthur
Brother: King Henry VIII
Brother: Prince Edmund (died as a young child)
Romances of (historical) Margaret:
1st husband - King James IV of Scotland (1503 - 1513)
2nd husband - Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus (1513 - 1527)
3rd husband - Henry Stuart, Lord Methven (1528 - 1541)
Romances of (historical) Mary:
1st husband - King Louis XII of France (1514 - 1515)
2nd husband - Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk (1515 - 1533)
Children of (historical) Margaret:
With 1st husband King James IV:
James, Duke of Rothesay (1507 - 1508)
Stillborn Daughter (1508)
Arthur, Duke of Rothesay (1509 - 1510)
* James V, King of Scotland (1512 - 1542)*
Stillborn Daughter (1512)
Alexander, Duke of Ross (1514 - 1515)
* Mary Queen of Scots and King James I of England descended from this line
With 2nd husband Archibald Douglas:
Margaret Douglas (1515 - 1578) who was the mother of Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots 2nd husband. Their son James VI of Scotland became James I of England after Elizabeth's death
Children of (historical) Mary:
with 2nd husband Charles Brandon:
Lord Henry Brandon (1516 - died bef. 1522)
* Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk (1517 - 1559)*
Eleanor Brandon, Countess of Cumberland (1519 - 1547)
Henry Brandon, 1st earl of Lincoln (1522/23 - 1534)
* Lady Jane Grey descended from this line
See also : Margaret and Mary's Descendants
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
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Wedding portrait of the real Mary Tudor and her husband Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk
in the series, Princess Margaret
marries her 1st husband, the King of Portugal
Margaret marries Charles Brandon
after killing her 1st husband - in the series
Mary Tudor, Queen of France
(close-up) by the French school (early 16th century). In this painting she bears a strong resemblance to her elder brothers, Prince Arthur and King Henry VIII. Her gorgeous red hair and snow-white complexion can clearly be seen here.
Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland
(close-up) by Daniel Mytens, in the Royal Collection. In this painting she resembles her younger brother, King Henry VIII. She shares his auburn hair. In later life, Margaret became quite overweight - a problem her brother also developed.
Louis XII of France was 52 yrs old
when he married Mary Tudor
( right) and she was 18 yrs old. Despite two previous marriages, the king had no living sons and sought to produce an heir; but Louis died on January 1, 1515 less than three months after he married Mary, reputedly worn out by his exertions in the bedchamber.
Their union produced no children.
James IV of Scotland married
Margaret Tudor (right) in 1503 when he was 30
and she was 14. He died at the Battle of Flodden in 1513.
Their union produced 2 children who survived infancy.
Mary Queen of Scots descended from this line.
Descendant of Mary Tudor
her granddaughter Lady Jane Grey "de facto" Queen of England. She was the daughter of Mary's eldest daughter, Lady Frances Brandon. She claimed the throne after Edward VI died causing conflict as she was technically not the next in line to the throne. Her claim came after Lady Mary, Lady Elizabeth, and her mother according to the will of King Henry and the Succession Act of 1543.
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Descendant of Margaret Tudor
her granddaughter Mary, Queen of Scots,
whose descendants inherited the English
throne. After her execution, which was ordered by her cousin, Elizabeth I, her son became James VI, King of Scotland. In 1603, after the death of Elizabeth, he would become King James I of England.
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