Princess, Duchess, Queen: Mary Tudor As Represented in a Seventeenth-Century French Love Story

  • Valerie Schutte
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This chapter examines Jean de Préchac’s 1677 novel, La princesse d’Angleterre, ou La duchesse-reyne, a novel that perpetuated the love story of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon and helped to distort the facts of their courtship and marriage into the myth that it has become. Préchac’s novel, although only printed in France once and in England twice, was the version of Mary’s mythologized past that was told in the seventeenth century. It demonstrates that Mary remained a popular female figure in both France and England, and the numerous historical and literary sources published about her, both before and after Préchac’s novel, show the popularity and relatability of her love story with Brandon.


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  • Valerie Schutte
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  1. 1.Beaver FallsUSA

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