Awww nice to see Charles and Mary getting along extremely well, I have little doubts that Margaret may be a great-aunt soon 😆. Eleanor seems happier so far so that's certainly good, and I'm glad that Margaret is relieved that Brandon is going back to England to leave her alone. Excellent update!
 
Awww nice to see Charles and Mary getting along extremely well, I have little doubts that Margaret may be a great-aunt soon 😆. Eleanor seems happier so far so that's certainly good, and I'm glad that Margaret is relieved that Brandon is going back to England to leave her alone. Excellent update!
Charles and Mary having children soon is what everyone hopes, but what I can anticipate is who Charles would never regret his choice to go ahead with his English wedding. Maximilian will NOT be unhappy to have great-grandchildren older than his younger children IF he remarried to Anne of Hungary as look likely...
Eleanor is relaxed now who she can look with more security to her own future, and Henry is a lot charming and had made a great effort with her. Remember who Eleanor is still a 15 years old girl so is not like Henry had an hard job to do...
And Margaret of Austria was NEVER interested in Suffolk and will be not displease at all when he will turn his attentions elsewhere (and that will happen very soon)
 
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A teaser for the new chapter

After resolving the situation with Burgundy and secure his chosen new bride, Henry VIII of England needed to get a solid peace with France. As the King of France, who was an old man, was without sons and recently widower, Wolsey was suggesting to offer him the hand of Henry’s sister Margaret, Dowager Queen and Regent to Scotland as Louis XII was searching a new bride and Margaret was young, beautiful and while she had lost some children, she was also mother of two young and healthy sons so she would be most likely an attractive bride for him. Henry fully agreed with that plan but knew who persuading Margaret, who had just given birth to her second son, to renounce to the regency of Scotland and the custody of her sons for marrying the old King of France would NOT be an easy task, but he had an idea of how persuading Margaret who a remarriage would not be a bad idea…
 
I'm pretty sure that given Margaret's regency it would be Scotland who would decide if she got to remarry. Henry has no authority over her.
 
I'm pretty sure that given Margaret's regency it would be Scotland who would decide if she got to remarry. Henry has no authority over her.
Henry can very well as a) in OTL he offered to Louis XII the choice between Mary and Margaret and b) Margaret would lose the regency if she remarried (as happened in OTL) and Albany would take both the regency and the custody of the young King and his brother.
Plus with the Auld Alliance and everything (including James IV’s death in battle against the English) you really believe who Scotland will try to say something for stopping Margaret‘s remarriage to the King of France?
 
1514 (May) - The best laid plans…
After resolving the situation with Burgundy and secure his chosen new bride, Henry VIII of England needed to get a solid peace with France. As the King of France, who was an old man, was without sons and recently widower, Wolsey was suggesting to offer him the hand of Henry’s sister Margaret, Dowager Queen and Regent to Scotland as Louis XII was searching a new bride and Margaret was young, beautiful and while she had lost some children, she was also mother of two young and healthy sons so she would be most likely an attractive bride for him. Henry fully agreed with that plan but knew who persuading Margaret, who had just given birth to her second son, to renounce to the regency of Scotland and the custody of her sons for marrying the old King of France would NOT be an easy task, but he had an idea of how persuading Margaret who a remarriage would not be a bad idea… In the end for accepting that brilliant match, his sister needed simply to remember the advantages of having a man in her bed and he had the right man for that job and the right excuse for sending him in Scotland: after all the Duke of Suffolk was his best friend and had already done a good job in Burgundy, with the last negotiations for his wedding and that of Mary (and neither had been an easy task) so nobody would ever suspect who the Duke had another secret task…
Charles Brandon, departing for Scotland had a lot of misgivings about the request of his best friend as he do not believed who Henry’s idea of sending him to seduce the Dowager Queen of Scotland would really get her to agree to the match with the French King. And that admitting who he would be able to seduce her, as his recent flop with Archduchess Margaret had taught him who he was not so irresistible. Still Margaret Tudor was much younger and he had know pretty well her before her marriage to the late King of Scotland: she had been very young, a royal princess and sister of his best friend, and maybe years had changed her a lot but he remembered the redhead princess as beautiful, fiery and conscious of her rank and that, together with her young age, had made him ignoring the sparkles who he had felt when she was near…
Well, attraction, if reciprocated by the Scottish Queen Regent, was surely something who he can use to the advantage of his King…
 
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Oh my, I'm sure this won't have any complications for Margaret 😏, excellent chapter by the way!
Oh, well, that would depend from what Margaret Tudor want. Henry VIII is convinced who a woman can not live without a man in her bed (and that is reason for which he is so sure who his plan will work)... The fact who Margaret is his sister, who her beloved husband had died less than a year earlier and who her younger son has not yet a month, well, that count little to nothing for him…
 
1514 (June) - Margaret of Scotland
James had been much older than her and had not be faithful to her, but still he had loved her in his way, and always respected her and never flaunted mistresses in his court after marrying her, and comforted her and asked her comfort when they had lost children and that was much more than she had been expected when she had married him at less than 14 years old. James had waited for her and started to visit her bed only two years after their marriage, when they had been already in love, because she had undeniably loved him with all herself. And now, who she was widowed so early, who her happiness and joy had been destroyed by her brother‘s damned wife (and Margaret was unable to deny who she reputed Catherine’s fate a sort of justice for James’ death), Henry had the courage to pretend who she leaved the regency of Scotland and her sons, James who was only two years old and already King and little Alexander, not yet two months old, who would never meet his father, as James had been already dead when she had been sure of her pregnancy, for marrying the decrepit King of France as he needed a wedding for sealing that treaty and the old French widower was pretty desperate for an heir. Well, she was a Dowager Queen and independent from her brother, and would forgive neither her brother or Louis XII for their part in making her sons fatherless and surely she would not consent to either to gain anything from James’ death. Luckily Albany, the cousin of her late husband, while interested in the regency was not so interested in it at the point to forcing her separation from her children, and would support her refusal. True, she was still young, too young for being widowed and she wanted a man in her bed but she was not interested in another Crown and widowhood. She wanted choose her next man and while the advances of Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, had piqued her interest, and the man’s physically was attractive, she had recovered her sense before making a fatal mistake, as accepting Angus’s courting was likely to have disastrous consequences for her. Well, she now had found a new, more interesting objective and had no intention to let that man escaping from her in her brother’s old friend Charles Brandon, newly ennobled as Duke of Suffolk and sent in Scotland by her brother as Ambassador with the job to persuade her to accept the match with the French King (and for saving him from the consequences of his tentative of seducing Archduchess Margaret in Burgundy, were he was sent to help Sir Thomas Boleyn, to conclude Mary‘s wedding to Archduke Charles and negotiate Henry’s new marriage to Archduchess Eleanor). Well she had no intention to accept the French King, but she had no intention to let go Brandon (oh well, she would need to learn to call him Suffolk, now) away as she wanted him and was sure who he also was much interested in her, and who he had always been attracted by her…
 
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Oh, it backfired mostly because he had underestimate Margaret AND she had NO intention to EVER marry the French King…
yeah...sending your young and hot best friend to fetch your young and hot sister so she can marry an old and dribbly king sounds like a fantastically terrible idea...hopefully henry realizes pretty quickly that he only has himself to blame for how things turn out lol
 
yeah...sending your young and hot best friend to fetch your young and hot sister so she can marry an old and dribbly king sounds like a fantastically terrible idea...hopefully henry realizes pretty quickly that he only has himself to blame for how things turn out lol
Henry do understand that and will blame Margaret only for NOT conforming to what he believed…
 
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Good on Margaret in finally choosing a good husband for herself, hopefully she and Charles end up happy and with half a dozen young Brandon kids running around. Great update!
 
1514 - Interlude: Two sisters in Mechelen
Anne Boleyn had been very happy at the wedding celebration for the Duke of Burgundy as the arrival of the English court had mean for her a short reunion with both her siblings as her brother George was among King Henry’s companions while her sister Mary was one of the maids of honor of the new Duchess of Burgundy. Sure she had dedicated much of her free time to George, to which she was closer) while the English court was there, but their departure had left her free to spend some time with her older sister, who would stay in Burgundy for long time in the household of the Duchess of Burgundy. Still they would be together only for few months, and in different households as Anne, now one of the maids of honor of Archduchess Eleanor, would follow her mistress back in England once the Archduchess married King Henry and that situation was fine for both girls as their temperaments and interests were much different, and few would have guesses who they were sisters, without knowing them, as their physical aspect also was very different.
Mary Boleyn, three years older than Anne was blonde and plump, vivacious and enthusiastic, was the conventional beauty, competent in the household matters and with adequate talents for the court life, but nothing more, reasons for which Sir Thomas Boleyn had sought the prestigious place in Archduchess Margaret’s household for the younger, but more brilliant and cultured Anne, and the girl had surpassed the already high expectations of her father, as Anne was without doubt Sir Thomas’s favorite daughter and the one for which he had the highest hopes. Anne was without doubt pretty, but her dark hairs and eyes made her less flashy than her sister, while her excellent education would either scare away most of potential suitors or secure her a very good match (and about this only time would tell).
Mary Boleyn was happy to see her younger sister in Burgundy and grateful for Anne’s helping in settling there, as she was the only one of the English maids of honor of Duchess Mary to have quickly and fully adjusted to the Burgundian court thanks to the instructions of her younger sister. Still Mary was, without doubt, happier to know who the reunion with her sister would be short and Anne’s return in England very near, as she was already tired to be the “other Boleyn girl” as the Duke had dubbed her as being Anne’s eldest sister was not always easy, as Anne had always been their father’s favorite between them.
 
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Awww nice to see that the three siblings were able to reunite, even for a short time. Mary and Anne seem to be adjusting to their new roles well, and hopefully things go well for them there. Great update!
 
Awww nice to see that the three siblings were able to reunite, even for a short time. Mary and Anne seem to be adjusting to their new roles well, and hopefully things go well for them there. Great update!
Yeas, they reunited for a couple of weeks in Burgundy and soon Anne will be back at the English court and will be permanently reunited with George… Mary Boleyn is already on her way for being an experienced courtier (and at 15 more than a little annoyed to be eclipsed by Anne’s talents as she is the beauty of the family but Anne is the smart one)
 
1514 (September) - Departures
Leaving her home behind forever was not easy, but at least Eleanor was hopeful and confident for her future: she and King Henry were not in love (and she knew who she would never trust the English King with her heart) but was not like people of her rank married for love (and when she thought to her mother’s heartbreaks or the permanent mourning of her aunt and foster mother, well she wanted have nothing to do with that dangerous emotion) and she was secure who she would be reasonably happy with him as he had demonstrated to respect and value her as person (so she had no reason to fear to end like the unlucky Empress Bianca Maria). Henry married her for the alliance and for have heirs, but looked to not be anymore in love with her late aunt and that was a relief for the Archduchess, who was remembering what her husband to be had said about loving the fact who she was blonde and not a redhead and who she had taken more from her father’s side of the family…

The goodbyes with her family were hard for everyone because she was not the only one to leave their home: Aunt Margaret had already left the court for enjoy her retirement in her own lands while Isabella and little Mary would depart for their grandfather’s court in Vienna, were Mary would live until she and her future husband would be old enough for living together, while Isabella would wait until the Alps would be traversable again in the next spring and then reach her husband in Milan so Charles would be able to take full control of the government of his Duchy and his Duchess (who almost everyone suspected would announce soon her pregnancy) would be the indisputable mistress of their court (something who Mary appreciated but would have not forced if that had not been already established before her arrival).

Both Eleanor and Isabella had taken with them their favorite companions among their ladies (and that would likely help them to adjust to their new lives as wives and their new duties as Queen of England and Duchess of Milan. Eleanor had take care to keep the young Anne Boleyn among her own ladies as she liked a lot the girl but she would have taken her in any case as having among her ladies a familiar face who her husband would be unable to sent away back at home was the smart thing to do. As the English Ambassador Sir Thomas Boleyn was to escort her in England and remain there for a short time, both he and Anne were exchanging their goodbyes with Anne’s elder sister Mary (who looked pretty happy to be the only Boleyn to remain there), reminding her who she was not the only one who was saying her goodbyes.

As both Eleanor and Isabella were already married by proxy, little Mary was the only Archduchess to take her leave from the Duke and Duchess of Burgundy together with the Queen of England and the Duchess of Milan during a warm day in September. After exchanging their formal greetings with her brother and sister-in-law the three girls were excorted to their respective carriages with Eleanor and Isabella able to exchange just a last glance to each other before going for their separate roads, who were unlikely to cross again: Isabella with Mary, ready for a long land journey, while Eleanor’s carriage would take her just to the harbor for a much shorter sea journey to England.

After boarding the ship, looking for the last time to the coast of her native country, Eleanor sweared to herself who she would do her best for being a good Queen and wife: her choice was to let go her past and any pain it contained and look to the future with confidence and tranquility.
 
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