9 October – On this day

Mary Tudor (18 March 1496 – 25 June 1533), was the third daughter of Henry VII of England and Elizabeth of York, and became Queen of France through her marriage to Louis.

Mary Tudor drawn when she was Queen of France
Mary Tudor drawn when she was Queen of France

Cardinal Wolsey negotiated a peace treaty with France, and on this day in 1514, at the age of 18, Mary married the 52-year-old King Louis XII of France at Abbeville. Despite two previous marriages, Louis had no living sons, and sought to produce an heir; but he died on 1 January 1515, less than three months after marrying Mary, reputedly worn out by his exertions in the bedchamber. Their union produced no children. Following Louis’ death, the new King Francis I made attempts to arrange a second marriage for the beautiful widow.