When Knighthood Was in Flower
"When Knighthood Was in Flower" is the debut novel of American author
Charles Majorwritten under the pseudonym, Edwin Caskoden. It was first published by Grosset & Dunlapin 1898 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 Statesfor 1900. The book spawned an entire industry of historical romantic novels and films. In 1901, playwright Paul Kesterwrote the Broadway play and by 1907 "When Knighthood Was in Flower" was still being printed by Grosset & Dunlap when the film rights were sold to Biograph Studios.
Set during the
Tudor periodof English history, "When Knighthood Was in Flower" tells the tribulations of Mary Tudor, a younger sister of Henry VIII of Englandwho has fallen in love with a commoner. However, for political reasons, King Henry has arranged for her to wed the 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!"
Film, TV or theatrical adaptations
Although no film copy exists, the book is believed to have been adapted to a 1908 motion picture of the same name or under the title "When Knights Were Bold " by
D.W. Griffithand directed by Wallace McCutcheon.
The 1922 version is most remembered as the vehicle for
Marion Daviesfinanced by William Randolph Hearstand his company Cosmopolitan Productions. Directed by Robert Vignolaand starring Hearst's mistress Marion Daviesand Forrest Stanley, the big-budget silent filmwas visually spectacular and Ms. Davies proved herself a very capable actress.
In 1953, Major's book was remade by
Walt Disney Pictureswith the title " The Sword and the Rose" in the United States but released with the original title in the United Kingdom. This version was adapted for the screen by American Lawrence Edward Watkinbut was filmed in the United Kingdom. Directed by Ken Annakinwith a British and French cast, it starred Richard Toddand Glynis Johns. In 1956 Disney aired "The Sword and the Rose" on televisionin two parts under the original book title "When Knighthood Was in Flower".
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