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Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk
Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk as played by Henry Cavill
| born c. 1484 - died August 22, 1545 |
His father was William Brandon, Henry VII's standard bearer at Bosworth Field in 1485 and was reportedly killed by Richard III himself. His mother died when he was about ten and the orphaned boy probably was sent to the Royal court by his uncle. This was the custom of the time but since Brandon was not heir to an important title or great wealth, his case was decided more on sentiment. He had a claim on Henry Tudor's affections since his father had died in his service. That demonstration of loyalty at Bosworth meant a great deal to the first Tudor king. Since Charles was just two years older than Henry's first son, Prince Arthur, it is probable that they were playmates. Though seven years older than King Henry VIII, Charles shared his most prominent characteristics - natural athleticism, robust physical health, and a devotion to all sports (wrestling, hunting, tilting and jousting, etc.) During these adolescent years, the two boys laid the foundation for a lifelong friendship. Brandon was perhaps the only person in England who had successfully retained Henry VIII's affection for over 40 turbulent years.
*In season 3 of the series Brandon is shown as doing many of the actions of Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk and the Earl of Shrewsbury with regard to the Pilgrimage of the Grace, putting forward Katherine Howard and "arresting" Thomas Cromwell, stripping his decorations from his robe of state. Norfolk only appeared in season 1.
Gentility: Son of Sir William Brandon and Elizabeth Bruyn, daughter and heiress of Sir Henry Bruyn of South Ockendon in Essex.
Position: Trusted friend of Henry VIII.
Personality type: the bad boy with a magnetic personality.
"In personal qualities, indeed, he was not unlike his sovereign; tall, sturdy, and valiant, with rather a tendency to corpulence, and also with a strong animal nature, not very much restrained at any time by considerations of morality, delicacy, or gratitude." - James Gairdner - Dictionary of National Biography
Signature look: dashing
Endearing trait(s): lovable in bed
Annoying trait(s): inconstant
Title(s): Esquire for the Body, Knight for the Body, Master of the Hourse, Knight of the Garter, Viscount Lisle, Duke of Suffolk, Chamberlain of North Wales, Marshal of the King’s Bench, Joint Marshal of the Household, Ranger of the New Forest, Privy Councilor, Marshal of the King’s Army in France, Governor of Tournai, Ambassador to the King of France, Earl Marshal, Lord President of the Council, Chief Justice in Eyre South of the Trent, Lord High Constable, Lord Steward of the Household, Warden of the Marches towards Scotland, Lieutenant on the Borders
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" a second king"
~ one of Margaret of Savoy's agents calls him this
and advises her to write him a kind letter
| CHARACTER CONNECTIONS |
Father: Sir William Brandon (standard-bearer of Henry VII slain by Richard III in person on Bosworth Field)
Mother: Elizabeth Bruyn
Paternal Grandfather: Sir William Brandon, Marshal of Marshalsea Prison
Paternal Grandmother: Elizabeth Wingfield
Maternal Grandfather: Sir Henry Bruyn
Maternal Grandmother: Elizabeth Darcy
Brother: William Brandon
Sister: Anne Brandon
Half-siblings: William and Humphrey Tyrell (from his mother's 1st marriage to Thomas Tyrell); Katherine and Elizabeth Brandon (illegitimate daughters by his father)
For more see: Ancestry of Charles
Contracted to marry Elizabeth Grey but she refused when she came of age
1st: Margaret Mortimer nee Neville - anulled in 1507
2nd: Anne Browne - died in 1511
3rd: Mary Tudor, Queen Dowager of France - died 24 June 1533 *in the series "The Tudors" this character was Princess Margaret Tudor*
4th: Catherine Willoughby (his ward, his son's betrothed and just 14 years old) - married September 7, 1533. Catherine was actually half Spanish, the daughter of Maria de Salinas, one of Katherine of Aragon's ladies in waiting who came over from Spain with her for her first marriage to Prince Arthur, Henry's brother.*in the series, this character is called Catherine Brooke see Catherine Brandon's profile
| Children: |
with Anne Browne
Lady Anne Brandon, Baroness Grey of Powys ca. 1507 - 1558Lady Mary Brandon, Baroness Monteagle 1510 - 1540/44
with Mary Tudor (Princess Margaret Tudor in the series)
Lord Henry Brandon, 1516 - 1522
Lady Frances Brandon, Duchess of Suffolk 1517 - 1559
Lady Eleanor Brandon, Countess of Cumberland 1519 - 1547
Henry Brandon, 1st Earl of Lincoln 1523 - 1534 (aged 11)
*For more see: Descendants of Mary and Margaret Tudor
with Catherine Willoughby (Catherine Brandon nee Brooke in the series)
Henry Brandon, 2nd Duke of Suffolk 1535 - 1551 (aged 15)
Charles Brandon, 3rd Duke of Suffolk 1537 - 1551 (aged 13)
- both sons died within one hour of each other of the sweating sickness.
*In the series, Brandon's son is called different names in different seasons. (Edward, Charles & Henry)
Brigitte Rousselot (fictional character on the series)
King Henry VIII
Cardinal Thomas Wolsey
Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk
UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTER QUOTES
DEFINING EPISODES | MEMORABLE SCENES
| For more on Charles Brandon - click links below|
PHOTOS and PAINTINGS
from his wedding portrait
with Mary Tudor
Centre - Wedding portrait of Charles Brandon
& Princess Mary (Tudor)
with his wife Princess Margaret Tudor
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See also: The Tudors Cast | The Tudors Episode Guide
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|Verlah||What has he done wrong? (page: 1 2 3 4 5)||89||Feb 7 2012, 11:19 PM EST by BanditQueen1|
Thread started: Jan 26 2010, 4:02 PM EST Watch
In series 3, we can witness a marriage crisis (or at least the beginning of it) between Charles and Catherine. I wonder what exactly he has done wrong according to Catherine. I mean, he has done nothing wrong, at least not to her. So what's her problem? What do you think?
|The_Lady_Alicia||Duke of Suffolk season 4||8||Aug 26 2011, 2:16 AM EDT by The_Lady_Alicia|
Thread started: Aug 25 2011, 1:19 PM EDT Watch
Is it just me or did the Duke of Suffolk get hotter and hotter the more they 'aged' him. I didn't much care for him in his younger days - too much of a 'pretty boy'. But once the hair got longer and the beard appeared, I think I fell in love haha. In season 4 when he is on campaign in France, and he had his hair tied back and was shouting orders to the soldiers, I thought I had died and gone to heaven. Just had to get that off my chest. Lol.
|parks32570||HENRY CAVILL||4||Jun 11 2010, 6:11 PM EDT by freya9|
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