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SOLD - Vintage book When Knighthood Was in Flower by Edwin Caskoden, Charles Major, 1901 rare teal/orange edition, love story of Mary Tudor

SOLD - Vintage book When Knighthood Was in Flower by Edwin Caskoden, Charles Major, 1901 rare teal/orange edition, love story of Mary Tudor

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  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
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NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

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There is no other book like this one.

All the Tudors were fascinating figures in history and the basis for so many books and television series and movies today, but a well-known work starring Mary Tudor has slipped by and has not been made into any modern adaptations since 1953. When the book "When Knighthood Was in Flower" came out in 1898 and was reprinted in 1906, it did so well it stayed in the bestselling category for nine weeks and continued to capture readers hearts long after, stirring up a wide-sweeping trend of romantic novels and films at the time.

Charles Major went under a pseudonym for the book as well, which makes it even more interesting because we are reading a story we are supposed to believe really happened, as it was witnessed by "Sir Edwin Caskoden" of "the famous Caskoden family." This is reminiscent of Fargo, or other works that lie straight out to you in order to make you think the story is true, but even when you find out it is not, or know ahead of time, the fact it is told from that factual-fictional perspective makes it seem real regardless.

The story is about Mary Tudor's love affair with Charles Brandon, real people but in a tale that never actually occurred. The way it is written, however, you wish it had. There are trails of Romeo and Juliet, of Tristan and Isolde, of the great loves that everyone knows and, well, loves, that move throughout the book and move you, too.

Mary was the younger sister of the diabolical and incomparable Henry VIII of England, and in the tale she has fallen in love with a commoner--oh my! Totally forbidden, but that makes it all the more juicy of course. Like all royal families at the time, Mary is being used as a political pawn via marriage to King Louis XII of France, and so she is expected to do the family duty. The commoner, Charles Brandon, however, is so handsome and charming and she loves him so much that this romance becomes full with what make romances one of the most widely-beloved genres to this day: you want two people forbidden to be together to be together--to run away and say screw you to everyone else, to convention and rules and judgments and impossibilities. You want this almost more than the characters do, and that is the magic of When Knighthood Was in Flower.

The title comes from a poem, "There lived a Knight, when Knighthood was in flow'r, Who charmed alike the till-yard and the bow'r."

The inscription in the beginning, aside from "To my Wife" says it is from a label affixed to Brandon's lance under a picture of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, at Strawberry Hill." (aww)

"Cloth of gold do not despise,
Though thou be match'd with cloth of frize;
Cloth of frize, be not too bold,
Though thou be match'd with cloth of gold."

This image is the story and the story is this image. Think on it, and then buy it, read it, treasure it like the two cloths frize and gold wrapped up together.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: 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
-Author: Edwin Caskoden ("Rewritten and rendered into modern English from Sir Edwin Caskoden's Memoir" by Charles Major)
-Format: Hardcover, first of this extremely rare teal and orange edition printed just after 1898 first print run in 1901
-Condition: Binding intact, beautifully old with small spot in the center of wearing of the cloth color on back cover
-Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, Indianapolis USA
-Copyright: The Bowen-Merrill Company 1898 and 1901
-Date published: 1901
-Provenance: Picked up with no knowledge of the story or Caskodens or any of it -- it just looked like a lovely knight and shining armor type story and I was in that King Arthur genre obsession at the time, about ten years ago now when I was in high school. It would've been purchased nearby where I grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
-Pricing: to come!
NOTE: This book has been sold but I keep it up so someone interested can find it (like you!) so that I can know to look for it specifically for them. Of course it won't be the same book but I am good at and love the hunt for books, and can likely find you another copy of that same edition or another beautiful edition of the same book. :) Don't ever hesitate to contact me on sold listings, that's why they are here!

---

There is no other book like this one.

All the Tudors were fascinating figures in history and the basis for so many books and television series and movies today, but a well-known work starring Mary Tudor has slipped by and has not been made into any modern adaptations since 1953. When the book "When Knighthood Was in Flower" came out in 1898 and was reprinted in 1906, it did so well it stayed in the bestselling category for nine weeks and continued to capture readers hearts long after, stirring up a wide-sweeping trend of romantic novels and films at the time.

Charles Major went under a pseudonym for the book as well, which makes it even more interesting because we are reading a story we are supposed to believe really happened, as it was witnessed by "Sir Edwin Caskoden" of "the famous Caskoden family." This is reminiscent of Fargo, or other works that lie straight out to you in order to make you think the story is true, but even when you find out it is not, or know ahead of time, the fact it is told from that factual-fictional perspective makes it seem real regardless.

The story is about Mary Tudor's love affair with Charles Brandon, real people but in a tale that never actually occurred. The way it is written, however, you wish it had. There are trails of Romeo and Juliet, of Tristan and Isolde, of the great loves that everyone knows and, well, loves, that move throughout the book and move you, too.

Mary was the younger sister of the diabolical and incomparable Henry VIII of England, and in the tale she has fallen in love with a commoner--oh my! Totally forbidden, but that makes it all the more juicy of course. Like all royal families at the time, Mary is being used as a political pawn via marriage to King Louis XII of France, and so she is expected to do the family duty. The commoner, Charles Brandon, however, is so handsome and charming and she loves him so much that this romance becomes full with what make romances one of the most widely-beloved genres to this day: you want two people forbidden to be together to be together--to run away and say screw you to everyone else, to convention and rules and judgments and impossibilities. You want this almost more than the characters do, and that is the magic of When Knighthood Was in Flower.

The title comes from a poem, "There lived a Knight, when Knighthood was in flow'r, Who charmed alike the till-yard and the bow'r."

The inscription in the beginning, aside from "To my Wife" says it is from a label affixed to Brandon's lance under a picture of Mary Tudor and Charles Brandon, at Strawberry Hill." (aww)

"Cloth of gold do not despise,
Though thou be match'd with cloth of frize;
Cloth of frize, be not too bold,
Though thou be match'd with cloth of gold."

This image is the story and the story is this image. Think on it, and then buy it, read it, treasure it like the two cloths frize and gold wrapped up together.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for:

-Full Title: 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
-Author: Edwin Caskoden ("Rewritten and rendered into modern English from Sir Edwin Caskoden's Memoir" by Charles Major)
-Format: Hardcover, first of this extremely rare teal and orange edition printed just after 1898 first print run in 1901
-Condition: Binding intact, beautifully old with small spot in the center of wearing of the cloth color on back cover
-Publisher: The Bobbs-Merrill Company Publishers, Indianapolis USA
-Copyright: The Bowen-Merrill Company 1898 and 1901
-Date published: 1901
-Provenance: Picked up with no knowledge of the story or Caskodens or any of it -- it just looked like a lovely knight and shining armor type story and I was in that King Arthur genre obsession at the time, about ten years ago now when I was in high school. It would've been purchased nearby where I grew up in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.
-Pricing: to come!

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Absolutely! I'm willing to do anything to get this book to you, but I will not write on it. If it is not in the condition you want, I know preservation techniques and will certainly oblige as best I can. You just need to let me know.
I will wrap the book any way you want. It is special and so are you, you deserve it! I will also write cards, include photographs, anything you'd like that would make this transaction more, well, you.
I won't tell you how to care for your book, but as to how they are cared for now, they are housed in two places -- some are wrapped in plastic in my main room in the part of the house that used to be a quaint B&B, lined on lovely old wooden bookshelves; others are stacked in piles or leaning on cool, creative and different bookends all round the room, and all are given care, attention, and kept away from my dog :)

Others sit in my library, in built-in authentic 1800s wooden and glass-door library shelves that line the walls in a secluded room in a historic home on the shore. With vintage, warm lamplights over the tiny marble fireplace, the library's windows catch plenty of sunlight--the books are in good homes and will arrive undamaged.
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I am more than willing to hunt down a specific book for you. This can take time, however, and would be a matter of personal back-and-forth on the site so you would have to keep in contact. There is no guarantee. I'm good at finding things however, and if I cannot find it to sell to you myself I will direct you to where I can find it online, if I can.

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Contact me directly via the site and I will do my absolute best to help correct it. There should be no problems.
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