The roots of dislike: Anne Boleyn, Duke of Suffolk and Mary Tudor Brandon

Henry VIII’s sister, Mary Tudor Brandon known at the Tudor court as the French Queen, never accepted Anne Boleyn as Henry’s wife and queen. In April 1532 Mary publicly referred to Anne Boleyn using “opprobrious language … against Madame Anne”[1] and the Venetian ambassador speculated that this incident sparked a fight between the servants of Dukes of Suffolk and Norfolk. Joanna Denny stated in her book, that Mary Tudor Brandon was jealous because Henry VIII gave Anne Boleyn the precedence over his own sister. Denny wrote: “Her vanity, and the remembered disapproval shown by Anne when she had scandalously married Brandon, turned Mary into Anne’s enemy.”[2] Historian Eric Ives looked for the cause of enmity between Anne Boleyn and Mary...

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