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When Knighthood Was in Flower

Charles Major

Book Overview: 

Set during the Tudor period of English history, When Knighthood Was in Flower tells the tribulations of Mary Tudor, a younger sister of Henry VIII of England who has fallen in love with a commoner. However, for political reasons, King Henry has arranged for her to wed King Louis XII of France and demands his sister put the House of Tudor first, threatening, "You will marry France and I will give you a wedding present – Charles Brandon's head!" (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I thought to advance Brandon's fortune by a timely word.

"I trust the king will see fit to favor him, and I hope that you will speak a word in his behalf, should the opportunity occur."

"What in the name of heaven have we to give him?" cried Mary impatiently, for she kept an eye on things political, even if she were only a girl—"the king has given away everything that can be given, already, and now that the war is over, and men are coming home, there are hundreds waiting for more. My father's great treasure is squandered, to say [50]nothing of the money collected from Empson, Dudley, and the other commissioners. There is nothing to give unless it be the titles and estate of the late Duke of Suffolk. Perhaps the king will give these to your paragon, if you will paint him in as fair a light as you have drawn him for me." Then throwing back her head with a laugh, "Ask him."

"It would be none too much for his deserts," I replied, falling in . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Interesting. Written by Charles Major, a Hoosier. I don’t know my English history well enough to know how the basic plot follows the true story, but I will certainly go read about it now. I read this book having enjoyed “The Bears of Blue River,” a children’s book by the same author. I was thrilled

Un roman sur l'histoire d'amour de Mary Tudor, la soeur d'Henry VIII et Charles Brandon.Une histoire d'amour scandaleuse,interdite mais la reine de France s'est battue pour épouser celui qu'elle aimait.Le livre est tres interresant,j'ai lu pléthore de romans sur le sujet et celui ci est interessant

Wonderful story & writing style. Mary Tudor, sister of Henry VIII.

This book was written in 1898 and it had an inscription and date inside the cover of the first owner of the book. It's about Henry VIII's sister (whom he adores), Mary, and his best friend, Charles Brandon (whom he also adores), and Mary and Charles adore each other! But Henry has a better idea: He

Great characters! The contrast of those characters was superb. By the end I was totally rooting for all the main characters and despising the situations and people that kept them apart. Wonderful read!

For an older work, it was better than most I've read. I was definitely intrigued by this fictional account of how the king's sister ended up married to his best friend. I did get annoyed by Mary at times but I imagine that's in keeping with a young princess used to getting her way. Overall a fun lit

Totally not an accurate historical novel, but rather a late Victorian (the edition I have is a rather battered hardcover printed in 1899 and purporting to be the memoirs of Sir Edwin Caskoden - Charles Major's name appears no where on the cover) romance set early in the reign of Henry VIII. I don't

Romance, drama, humor, and adventure all mixed together. Though, it was mostly romance. Mary Tudor, sister to King Henry VIII, meets and falls in love with Charles Brandon, captain of the king's guard. He loves her too, but they try to keep apart because royalty did not normally wed commoners back t

A highly enjoyable historical romance set in the court of King Henry VIII. The story concerns the young sister of Henry, Mary Tudor (1496-1533) and her efforts to marry for love and not state reasons. At age 18, Henry forced her to marry the King of France, Louis XII, even though she was in love wit

I asked my grandmother, shortly before she died at 93 years of age, what her favorite book was. She was an avid reader her whole life and she said that there were many over the years but that this book was one she remembered very fondly. It was a sweet story and although the writing was very flowery

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