Counselloresses and Court Politics: Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Female Counsel in European Politics, 1509–15

  • Helen Matheson-PollockEmail author
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Mary Tudor’s correspondence from her brief first marriage highlights the active political role she sought and began to play in the conduct of Anglo-French politics in the 1510s including counselling Louis XII and his court on dealings with her brother. Her letters also reveal the pivotal role that her own English household—particularly her female attendants—played in supporting her role by providing her with counsel. This chapter explores Mary’s role in Anglo-French diplomacy in the mid-1510s in the context of wider European politics and examines the extent to which Mary had been born and educated for the role of queen consort by her mother, Elizabeth of York, and the examples of her sister, Margaret, Queen of Scots, and sister-in-law, Catherine of Aragon.


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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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