By Alison Weir
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of THE self sustaining • From bestselling writer and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the 1st biography of Margaret Douglas, the gorgeous, crafty niece of Henry VIII of britain who used her sharp intelligence and covert energy to persuade the succession after the demise of Elizabeth I.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mom was once a queen, her father an earl, and he or she herself was once the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. woman Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was once a huge determine in Tudor England, but this present day, whereas her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have accomplished megastar prestige, she is essentially forgotten.
Margaret’s lifestyles was once steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy—from her auspicious delivery in 1530 to her mom and dad’ sour divorce, from her ill-fated amorous affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for 4 of Henry’s six better halves. In an age whilst ladies have been anticipated to stick out of the political area, captivating and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate probably the most infamous marriages of the 16th century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret defiantly warred with queens—Mary, and Elizabeth of England—and was once instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of britain for her grandson, James VI.
The lifetime of Margaret Douglas spans 5 reigns and offers many lacking hyperlinks among the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on many years of analysis and myriad unique sources—including a lot of Margaret’s surviving letters—Alison Weir brings this fascinating personality out of the shadows and offers a powerful, able girl who operated successfully and fearlessly on the very optimum degrees of power.
Praise for The misplaced Tudor Princess
“This is a considerable, certain biography of a desirable girl who lived her remarkable lifestyles to the total, taking determined percentages for romance and for ambition. it's going to attract an individual with an curiosity within the strong ladies of the Tudor period.”—Philippa Gregory, The Washington Post
“Tackling the kin from an unforeseen perspective, Weir deals a blow-by-blow account of six a long time of palace intrigue. . . . Weir balances ancient information with emotional hypothesis to light up the ferocious dynastic objectives and should to strength that earned her topic a spot within the spotlight.”—The big apple occasions booklet Review
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Most likely he took custody of her after information of the Papal judgment reached Scotland in December 1527. She was once then twelve, and Margaret Tudor’s letter unearths that the switch in her situations used to be irritating for her. She had spent all her existence in her mother’s care, even though the Queen have been a lot preoccupied along with her personal own and political struggles. Margaret Tudor’s voluminous correspondence finds that she was once way more attracted to her sons, specifically James V, than in her daughter, who hardly ever benefits a point out. It was once James who was once the “tenderest” of all within the eyes of his mom. 28 neither is there proof that she did her utmost to get Margaret again. Any misery that Margaret suffered used to be most likely as a result of a scene among her mom and dad while she was once taken from the Queen. Angus most likely put in her at his amazing stronghold of Tantallon at the East Lothian coast. Tantallon fortress was once a powerful and forbidding fort, spectacularly located excessive on a rocky headland overlooking the Firth of Forth and the Bass Rock, an island within the sea to the east of Scotland. It were in-built the 1350s via William, 1st Earl of Douglas, the son of the Sir James Douglas who had carried Bruce’s center to the Holy Land. Tantallon’s nice curtain wall of crimson sandstone encircled a courtyard surrounded through hovering towers, and within the northwest of those, the Douglas Tower, have been to be stumbled on the lordly residences. This tower used to be a round edifice seven tales excessive, with a radius of 40 ft. The chambers at the floor and top flooring have been sq., with wood floors and vaulted privies, and there has been a jail within the basement, or pit. there have been additionally levels of structures erected opposed to the curtain wall; those integrated a fourteenth-century nice corridor, which used to be attached to the Douglas Tower. the ocean supplied a normal defensive line and provide on one part of the fort, whereas the landward wall was once vastly fortified and surrounded by way of an immense ditch. the single front was once a drawbridge to the good gatehouse. 29 If Angus took Margaret with him while he had to be in Edinburgh, she might most likely have stayed both at courtroom or at medieval Dalkeith citadel, Midlothian, one other Douglas estate, in a family that turns out to were run via the other halves of his brother, Sir George Douglas, and his cousin, Archibald Douglas, Laird of Kilspindie. 30 because the daughter of an earl Margaret was once honorably housed and sorted, yet now not (it was once later implied by way of James V) in addition to she have been whilst in her mother’s care. 31 Margaret can't have visible a lot of her father in the beginning simply because he used to be a lot excited about ruling Scotland, yet to any extent further she turned topic to his impact. If she grew as much as be a real Douglas, it was once because of him, and never purely since it used to be in her blood. For it appears at the present a permanent bond used to be solid among father and daughter—it has even been urged that their attachment to one another introduced upon Margaret “the enmity of her mother,”32 even supposing that's prone to have resulted more and more from Margaret Tudor’s indifference and overlook.