When Knighthood was in Flower, or The Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, the King's Sister, and Happening in the Reign of his August Majesty, King Henry VIII
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When Knighthood was in Flower, or The Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor, the King's Sister, and Happening in the Reign of his August Majesty, King Henry VIII

By Charles Major
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When Knighthood Was in Flower is the debut novel of American author Charles Major written under the pseudonym, Edwin Caskoden. It was first published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company in 1898 and proved an enormous success. According to the New York Times, in its third year on the market the book was still selling so well that it was #9 on the list of bestselling novels in the United States for 1900. The book spawned an entire industry of historical romantic novels and films. In 1901, playwright Paul Kester wrote the Broadway play and by 1907 When Knighthood Was in Flower was still being printed by the reprint publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, when the film rights were sold to Biograph Studios. Set during the Tudor period of English history, When Knighthood Was in Flower tells the tribulations of Mary Tudor, a younger sister of Henry VIII of England who has fallen in love with a commoner. However, for political reasons, King Henry has arranged for her to wed King Louis XII of France and demands his sister put the House of Tudor first, threatening, "You will marry France and I will give you a wedding present - Charles Brandon's head!"

Table of Contents
  • WHEN KNIGHTHOOD WAS IN FLOWER
  • or, the Love Story of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor the King's Sister, and Happening in the Reign of His August Majesty King Henry the Eighth
    • REWRITTEN AND RENDERED INTO MODERN ENGLISH FROM SIR EDWIN CASKODEN'S MEMOIR
  • JULIA MARLOWE EDITION
    • WITH SCENES FROM THE PLAY
      • COPYRIGHT, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED NINETY EIGHT, AND NINETEEN HUNDRED ONE BY THE BOWEN-MERRILL COMPANY
      • To My Wife
    • CONTENTS
    • The Play
  • When Knighthood Was in Flower
    • When Knighthood Was in Flower....
    • The Caskodens
    • CHAPTER IToC
    • The Duel
    • CHAPTER IIToC
    • How Brandon Came to Court
      • [Here the editor sees fit to substitute a description of this tournament taken from the quaint old chronicler, Hall.]
    • CHAPTER IIIToC
    • The Princess Mary
    • CHAPTER IVToC
    • A Lesson in Dancing
    • CHAPTER VToC
    • An Honor and an Enemy
    • CHAPTER VIToC
    • A Rare Ride to Windsor
    • CHAPTER VIIToC
    • Love's Fierce Sweetness
    • CHAPTER VIIIToC
    • The Trouble in Billingsgate Ward
    • CHAPTER IXToC
    • Put not your Trust in Princesses
    • CHAPTER XToC
    • Justice, O King!
    • CHAPTER XIToC
    • Louis XII a Suitor
    • CHAPTER XIIToC
    • Atonement
    • CHAPTER XIIIToC
    • A Girl's Consent
    • CHAPTER XIVToC
    • In the Siren Country
    • CHAPTER XVToC
    • To Make a Man of Her
    • CHAPTER XVIToC
    • A Hawking Party
    • CHAPTER XVIIToC
    • The Elopement
    • CHAPTER XVIIIToC
    • To the Tower
    • CHAPTER XIXToC
    • Proserpina
    • CHAPTER XXToC
    • Down into France
      • [Again the editor takes the liberty of substituting Hall's quaint account of Mary's journey to France.]
      • [Again a quotation from Hall is substituted]:
    • CHAPTER XXIToC
    • Letters from a Queen
    • Note by the Editor
    • The Author and The Book
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