The Tudor Society

9 October – Miguel de Cervantes and the wedding of Mary Tudor, Queen of France

On this day in Tudor history, 9th October 1547, Miguel de Cervantes, author of the famous classic “Don Quixote”, a book known as "the first modern novel", was baptised in Alcalá de Henares, Spain. His actual birthdate is unknown.

Now, this event didn’t happen in Tudor England, but it did happen in the Tudor period, and Cervantes is known the world over. Let me share with you some facts about this man, his rather interesting life, which included being held to ransom by pirates, and his works...

Also on this day in history, 9th October 1514, eighteen-year-old Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and daughter of the late Henry VII, married fifty-two year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville in France.

Find out about her lavish entry into Abbeville and the wedding, including descriptions of Mary and her apparel...

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