I’m in a rumour-slaying mood this week. So let me throw this out there before it gets ugly:
There is a new biography out by David Loades, who is steeped in Tudor history and should not have let this one get by. Its title is Mary Rose: Tudor Princess, Queen of France, The Extraordinary Life of Henry VIII’s Sister. Amazon calls it “the first biography of Princess Mary Rose for 50 years” but I suppose that is the line given them from the publisher.
So what’s the problem? Well, Henry VIII’s sister was just “Mary.” Stop calling her Mary Rose, for the love of Pete. You know who you are. Mary Rose was the ship. Mary Tudor was the sister. The ship wasn’t necessarily named after her. Read this, before I hold my breath and turn blue. And don’t make me say it again!