and her husband, the former Imperial Ambassador, have returned to England. Such a scandal, the lady running off with a commoner. But no one even noticed she was missing, not until they were in Savoy, safe and settled. Henry had been too consumed by the Boleyn whore to notice the Lady Mary’s disappearance.
We can only wonder what would have happened to them, if the Lady’s cousin, the Emporer, did not intercede on their behalf… even so, one cannot say no to a summons from the King of England. He is forcing them to spend this Christmastide at court. No doubt the whole situation could turn… ugly.
Although it has been heard that their daughter, the charming little Katherine, is a wonder to behold, even at age eight… we all wonder how she will get on with her uncle, Prince Edward…
Mary I & Ambassador Chapuys
“She said that I am jealous of her because she is married and I am not. I may never be.”
“She ought not to have said such things.”
“Yes, but…they’re true. they’re true.”
AU: Mary abandons her title to run away with Chapuys who is recalled when Henry declares war with Spain, and they elope to his estate to Savoy. Ten years later, the Ambassador and Mistress Chapuys are invited to return to the English court, and bring along their charming daughter, Katherine.
Take this ring, in memory of me. It was a gift from the emperor, who received it from your mother.