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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

This is a re-read, and when I was a teen I thought it was highly romantic. Now I just think it’s very Victorian. I looked up the real history and “Caskoden” conveniently left out a couple of Brandon’s wives.

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

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

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