On 30 June 1514 Derard de Pleine wrote to Margaret of Austria regarding Mary’s appearance and personality: ‘Madame the Princess [Mary], until I had seen her several times. I can assure you that she is one of the most beautiful girls that one would wish to see; it does not seem to me that I …

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On the 18th March Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York was born. Before the birth Margaret Beaufort had outlined a strict set of protocols and necessities required for Elizabeth of York’s labour and birth. These protocols covered everything from the number and rank of the women allowed within the …

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