When Knighthood Was in Flower
is the debut novel
author Charles Major
written under the pseudonym, Edwin Caskoden. It was first published by The Bobbs-Merrill Company
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
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
It was sometimes known by the title When Knights Were Bold
and should not be confused with the 1906 play When Knights Were Bold
which also inspired several film adapations.
Set during the Tudor period
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!
Although no film copy exists, the book is believed to have been adapted to a 1908
motion picture of the same name or under... Read More