I was curious about this woman in the orange dress on "The Tudors" and read up about her. I don't get Showtime, nor would I watch the show if I did pay for its services, so I did research online.
In "The Tudors" tv show, Henry has a younger sister called "Princess Margaret." She's supposed to be a condensed version of Henry VIII's 2 younger sisters, Margaret and Mary. Her story mostly follows what happened to Mary. I read that they didn't want to call her Princess Mary because it would have confused viewers between her & Henry's oldest daughter. However, I think confusing between the 2 royals would have been preferable to how they portrayed "Margaret" on the show.
Honestly, the English during this time period were VERY unimaginative w/ names. For the ladies, it seems as if only 5 names were ever used: Mary, Anne, Catherine, Jane, and Elizabeth. Even worse, those same names were used all over Europe, they just sounded different in other languages. (For example: Isabel = Elizabeth, & Catalina = Catherine. It's no surprise that the name Elizabeth, especially, has so many nicknames attached to it, to prevent confusion; like Liz, Lizzy, Bess, Bessy, Beth, Eliza, etc).
For men it was: Henry, John, Thomas, William, & Robert.
In real life, Princess Mary was considered one of the most beautiful ladies in Europe; (I'm not surprised, check out this painting if u don't believe me, [link]
), & when she was of age, and Henry married her off to King Louis XII of France. On the show she was going to marry the aging King of Portugal. In both real life and the show, it seems she did sulk about it, but she was really nasty towards Henry in the show. It was also the same in real life & on the show that she was already in love with Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk.
History says that King Louis XII was 34 years older than Mary, so he was a feeble old man (for the time period), and died 3 months after the wedding. The tv show, however, shows that she smothered the Portuguese King with a pillow so she could be rid of him (as I said, I didn't watch hardly any of the show except for some very short YouTube videos).
History & the tv show were both in agreement that the princess secretly married Charles Brandon soon after King Louis' death, but unlike the show, Princess Mary was eventually forgiven by her brother Henry. In the show, Henry banishes them from the court, & Princess Margaret's relationship dissolves b/c her husband starts sleeping around. She eventually dies of tuberculosis.
In real life, Princess Mary & Duke Charles were happy together. They even had 3 children, and the princess was good friends with Catherine of Aragon. Although she married below her rank, the rest of her life was quiet and happy. She didn't really die until 1533, the same year Princess Elizabeth was born.
I find it really annoying that the writer of "The Tudors" series would find it so FASCINATING to portray such an interesting lady in such a negative and tragic light. They say that truth is stranger than fiction. In this case, it's truth is KINDER than fiction.
As for the orange gown, I'll leave history's hypothetical opinions as well as my own for a separate image of "Princess Margaret."