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Margaret Tudor (Kindle)

The Life of Henry VIII's Sister

Scotland Social History Women of History

By Melanie Clegg
Imprint: Pen & Sword History
File Size: 12.0 MB (.mobi)
Pages: 181
ISBN: 9781473893160
eBook Released: 10th January 2019


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When the thirteen year old Margaret Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, married King James IV of Scotland in a magnificent proxy ceremony held at Richmond Palace in January 1503, no one could have guessed that this pretty, redheaded princess would go on to have a marital career as dramatic and chequered as that of her younger brother Henry VIII.

Left widowed at the age of just twenty three after her husband was killed by her brother’s army at the battle of Flodden, Margaret was made Regent for her young son and was temporarily the most powerful woman in Scotland - until she fell in love with the wrong man, lost everything and was forced to flee the country. In a life that foreshadowed that of her tragic, fascinating granddaughter Mary Queen of Scots, Margaret hurtled from one disaster to the next and ended her life abandoned by virtually everyone: a victim both of her own poor life choices and of the simmering hostility between her son, James V and her brother, Henry VIII.

I thoroughly enjoyed every moment spent reading this fascinating book. Clegg's writing was engaging throughout, making me reluctant to put the book down. The history was as informative as it was richly detailed, and I learnt a great deal about the woman I once so easily forgot.

This biography is a must-read for Tudor enthusiasts!

NetGalley, reviewed by Betty Capshew

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

If I could give this book 6 Stars – I most certainly would. From the first sentence to the last sentence Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister – completely captured both my attention and imagination.

NetGalley, reviewed by Shar Daws

I really enjoyed Melanie's book. She is clear, precise and factual without it becoming boring. The situation in Scotland was quite confusing at that time and luckily there is no confusion in the book. I would highly recommend this book if you're interested in the Tudor era.

NetGalley, reviewed by Moniek Bloks

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An absolutely fascinating biography of Henry VIII's eldest sister. Little is known about her but the author manages to flesh out her character and history.

I'd recommend this to any fan of Tudor History.

NetGalley, reviewed by Julianne Freer

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

One of the best historical books I have read in a while.

NetGalley, reviewed by Rebecca Hill

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I absolutely love this book. I've always been interested in the lives of the Tudors and this brought insight into Henry's sister Margaret who is often overlooked or forgotten in the shadows of her brother and her niece Elizabeth. I really enjoyed reading this book and learning more about Margaret.

NetGalley, reviewed by Gail Gerard

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

An excellent bio of Margaret Tudor, the elder sister of Henry VIII. It isn't often that we see books about her, which is a shame because she is a fascinating woman in her own right, and had nearly as tumultuous a time with love and marriage as her infamous brother. Well written, well researched, and a fun read, which isn't something I say about a lot of biographies, many of which are deadly dull. Not this one. It was an excellent read.

NetGalley, reviewed by Kristen McQuinn

Being interested to learn more about Margaret, I requested this title even though Ms Clegg is an author unknown to me. She did a marvellous job, both regarding the research and her excellent writing style. Margaret Tudor is portrayed as a lady who was intelligent and brave although her life was not all a bed of roses, especially after James IV's death. Politics and her private life were complicated, sometimes due to her errors of judgement, sometimes due to political niceties, yet she remained in character the true queen. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Tudor period.

NetGalley, reviewed by Beata B. Reviewer

I really enjoyed this book. This was my first book by Melanie Clegg, and I doubt it will be my last!

NetGalley, reviewed by Lisa Schneider

Overall, I did really enjoy this book and feel like I have learnt a lot about Margaret Tudor, and I highly recommend this book to Tudor/history enthusiasts.

NetGalley, reviewed by Laura Caldwell

Melanie Clegg has done a brilliant job, Margaret made odd choices, had challenges and sadness’s, reading this gives real insight of her life. A most read for Tudor fans.

NetGalley, reviewed by Patricia Bishop

A fantastic historical piece that I highly recommend to all Tudor fans.

NetGalley, reviewed by Angie Stoffers

This story is a quick and entertaining read and is well-written and researched. At moments I nearly forgot I was reading non-fiction because Clegg did such an amazing job putting together all the pieces and painting a picture of Margaret’s life in detail.

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Tudors Dynasty

This is a sympathetic and easy to read biography of a rather unfairly obscure but important woman in a formative time in early modern Europe.

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Rosemarie Cawkwell, Blogger

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to attain a deeper understanding of Tudor history.

NetGalley, reviewed by Sarah Westermann

A thorough biography of Henry VIII's eldest sister. Well researched and very informative, a must for any Tudor fan.

NetGalley, reviewed by Shelly Myers

I thought this book was well written and informative, the author goes into great detail about Margaret's life in an accessible way which managed to keep me interested in the book. I felt the author was sympathetic towards Margeret's life and this shows in the way that the author describes the hardships in Margaret's life and how she comes out as a strong individual. As this is the first source I've read about, this will be something I will keep in mind when I get the chance to read other historians' works on Margaret Tudor to compare whether they believe the same about her character. I believe that anyone interested in the Tudors will enjoy this book.

NetGalley, reviewed by Alannah Clarke

This is a sympathetic and engaging biography of King Henry VIII's sister, who certainly led a tragic life. Margaret faced it courageously and her great inner strength enabled her to fight on through her terrible travails. It's good that she had a little bit of peace before she died with her son and daughter-in-law and her grandchildren.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in the Tudors.

NetGalley, reviewed by Lisa Sanderson

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A very exciting and highly readable account of the life of a lesser-known tudor. This book plays out across what, for a lot of readers, will be a familiar backdrop. The less familiar subject breathes new life into these events, exploring things from a different and intriguing angle. Margaret Tudor is a fascinating figure and this book will be a welcome addition to the shelves of any Tudor enthusiast.

NetGalley, reviewed by Evelyn Gray

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

This is a well written, well researched and easy to read book.

NetGalley, reviewed by Sharon Shakeshaft

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I liked the detailed account of the book. It was super easy to follow. Even if you know nothing about the Scottish court, I think you will be okay. Melanie does a great job of making sure that her readers are still with her. She doesn’t talk down to you, like some historical will, nor does she venture away from the facts.

NetGalley, reviewed by Serena Stone

Melanie Clegg has put together an excellent book about this undervalued but still interesting woman who did her best to cope in a turbulent world of continental wars and dynastic game playing. Unlike some historical bios this book flows nicely and is easy to read, you don’t feel like you are drowning under a pile of dusty dates and weighty names. Her style is understated and engaging, I would gladly read her work again.

NetGalley, reviewed by Zoe Nock

It was written in an easy to read manner and I found it interesting and informative, not just when it comes to Margaret but the whole family.

Very enjoyable, and I shall look out for more of the authors work.

NetGalley, reviewed by L. J

I was very eager to read this book on Margaret Tudor since she is often passed over due to the shadow cast by her brother. The book was pleasantly written, easy to follow and didn’t bog you down with too many frivolous facts. It truly made me appreciate what Margaret had to endure in her life and the strength it took for her to carry on despite everything she faced. There was one time that the author refers to Jane Austen and it stuck with me because it seemed so out of place. All in all this book was quite enjoyable.

NetGalley, reviewed by Alex Oldfield

I have read a couple of biographies of Margaret Tudor, elder sister of Henry VIII and doubly ancestress of the Stuart dynasty of English kings (through both Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley), in the past and have tended to be very frustrated and confused by them, probably at least partly due to a lack of familiarity with the structure and political machinations of the Scottish court. It was a pleasure to read this latest book, which finally provided me with an engaging and easy-to-follow account of her life.

NetGalley, reviewed by Leslie Jaszczak

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I am a lover of all things Tudor. Be it the Henrys', the Elizabeths', the various wives or the illegitimate children, I am ALL over it. And while I am familiar with the life of Margaret Tudor, I have not found many books that tell her story. So I was thrilled to find Margaret Tudor by Melanie Clegg, and couldn't wait to dive in to her work. And I was most definitely not disappointed. Melanie Clegg does a brilliant job of telling Margaret's story in a readable and wonderfully inspiring way. I was fascinated from the beginning, and learned so much. I not only feel as though I know Margaret a bit more, but I also want to hug the author breathless. A wonderful work!

NetGalley, reviewed by Stacie Tyson

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Evergreen, October 2018 (Autumn)

As featured in

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Author interview as featured by

All About History, August 2018 - conducted by James Hoare

About Melanie Clegg

Fascinated by history from a very early age, Melanie Clegg graduated from the University of Nottingham with a degree in History of Art. She originally turned to writing historical fiction and her women’s history blog, Madame Guillotine, as a means of escaping from the dull admin jobs that she found herself doing, before becoming a full time writer and historian.

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