Mary’s Birthday

Today is the anniversary of the birth of my lead character, Mary Tudor.

She was born on the 18th of February 1516, exactly 500 years ago, at Greenwich Palace.  Her parents, as everybody knows, were Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon.  Her mother had at least two previous pregnancies before her birth, possibly up to four.  There was a known stillborn daughter and Henry, Duke of Cornwall, who lived only 53 days.

Many reasons for the repeated miscarriages and stillbirths suffered by the King and Queen have been offered, though none can be proved.

Mary herself, in later years, would have much trouble with reproducing too, eventually dying with a suspected womb cancer growth.  In my book, she has a happier time with her family.

Happy 500th birthday, Mary Tudor !!

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