On this day in history, 13th August 1514, Princess Mary Tudor, youngest surviving daughter of the late King Henry VII and sister of King Henry VIII, married King Louis XII of France by proxy.
In today's talk, I share details of the ceremony, and what everyone was wearing, and explain the symbolic consummation.
Also on this day in history:
- 1566 – Death of Sir Humphrey Radcliffe, member of Parliament, at his manor of Elstow. He was buried in Elstow Church. Radcliffe served as a member of Parliament during the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, and then as a JP and Sheriff in Elizabeth I's reign.
- 1568 – Death of William Barlow, Bishop of Chichester. He was buried in Chichester Cathedral.
- 1579 – Executions of Roman Catholic martyrs Friar Conn O'Rourke and Patrick O'Healy, Bishop of Mayo. They were hanged just outside Kilmallock, co. Limerick. O'Healy was tortured before his death, by having spikes driven through his hands, in the hope that he would give Sir William Drury, Lord President of Munster, details on James fitz Maurice Fitzgerald's plans to lead a Catholic crusade to Ireland. He would not talk. O'Healy was beatified in 1992.
I love the weird and wonderful Tudors. However, I don’t believe Mary was too keen on this marriage, although she did her duty and was definitely counting down the moments until she could hold her brother to his promise to allow her to make her own choice of husband aka Charles Brandon.