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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 the Eighth [Kindle Edition]

Charles Major
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About the Author

Charles Major (July 25, 1856 – February 13, 1913) was an American lawyer and novelist. Born to an upper-middle class Indianapolis family, Major developed in interest in both law and English history at an early age and attended the University of Michigan from 1872 through 1875, being admitted to the Indiana bar association in 1877. Shortly thereafter he opened his own law practice, which launched a short political career, culminating in a year-long term in the Indiana state legislature. Writing remained an interest of Major, and in 1898, he published his first novel, When Knighthood Was in Flower. The novel about England during the reign of King Henry VIII was an exhaustively researched historical romance, and became enormously popular, holding a place on the New York Times bestselling list for nearly three years. The novel was adapted into a popular Broadway play by Paul Kester in 1901, premiering at the Criterion Theatre that year. The novel also launched relatively successful film adaptations in 1908 and 1922. With a successful writing career, Major gradually lessened his legal obligations, closing his law practice over a year after his first novel, in 1899. Published in 1902, his third novel, Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall, another historical romance, this time set in Elizabethan times, rivaled the success of his first. Once again, the novel was adapted for the theater by Paul Kester, and saw a film release in 1924 starring Mary Pickford. Major continued to write and publish several additional novels, to varying degrees of success, as well as a number of children's adventure stories, most set in and around his native state of Indiana. Charles Major died of liver cancer on February 13, 1913, at his home in Shelbyville, Indiana. In 2006, Shelbyville, Indiana native Eric Linne wrote and copyrighted a motion picture screenplay adaptation of Mr. Major's novel The Bears of Blue River.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 404 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,864 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Was it really a love match 2 Feb. 2015
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The book. Was not all that well written with the author spending time describing unimportant material while I would love to have more insight into Suffolk as a man and did he really love MARY + a bit more about her time married to the aged French king /however thank you writing on this largely overlooked period of tudor history in view of later events connected to this branch of the Tudors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Tale 24 July 2011
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I really enjoyed this book even though I am technically allergic to romantic novels. The narrative was smooth and coherent almost as if your best friend was telling you the tale. A warming tale of love and politics under Henry viii. How historically correct the story is is questionable but it was written in the nineteenth century and perports to be an historical novel rather than a history book. The author made me want to google images of Charles Brandon and Mary Tudor and surprisingly King Louis of France. As the book is free I feel it is worth reading even if like me, you dont like mushy lurrrv stories.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Tudor travesty 1 Oct. 2013
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Awful, badly written and historically inaccurate. Can't believe it was so popular back in the day. Charles Brandon has an authentically interesting life story, no need to make up this drivvle.
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