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D L Bogdan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The story of Henry VIII's sister Margaret Tudor March 9 2013
By Great Historicals TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
The novel, The Forgotten Queen, accurately portrays the fascinating life of Margaret Tudor. The book covers almost her entire life in great detail, portraying her as likeable, but dreamy, courageous, yet prone to youthful naivety and gullibility.

The plot is intricate and easily followed. Margaret’s love for her was strong, and although she made a definite judgement in error when picking her second husband, it only makes her plight understandable – for who among us hasn’t made similar mistakes in our youth?

For those who love the Tudor era, and even for those who are tired of novels about Henry VIII’s wives, this novel gives us a glimpse into the political climate between Scotland and England, and details of the adversities faced by a lesser known queen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars 1/2 for this beautiful historical novel! Feb. 19 2013
By Nicole Laverdure TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading "The Forgotten Queen" by D.L. Bogdan. This is the first book I read from this author.
It's the story of Queen Margaret of Scotland. She was the mother of King James of Scotland.
Still young, she marries and finds herself in a foreign country. I do not wish to write a complete review since, so many have been done. Lets just say that it's the fascinating story of the lives of the Tudor Monarchy. If you love royal intrigues and plot in Beautiful Scotland, then you won't be disappointed. Very well written, Ms. Bogdan is a very descriptive writer and has done a superb research for her book. I liked the time period! After reading "The Forgotten Queen" I learned more details of the life of Queen Margaret. If you are a fan of the Tudor Monarchy, then this book is for you.
I highly recommend this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Memorable. Feb. 1 2013
By Cynthia McArthur - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The Tudors were a fiery, memorable family. Headstrong, passionate, often foolhardy, restless... this describes the forgotten Tudor, Queen Margaret of Scotland. She was Henry VIII's older sister, but more importantly, she was the mother of King James V of Scotland, the father of Mary, Queen of Scots. She tried to set into motion peace between England in Scotland, which would finally be realized with her great-grandson James.
Margaret leaves England at an early age to wed the King of Scotland. Though they have a loving relationship, Margaret can never understand why he must always have a mistress. She sees this as a personal affront, but when he dies a few years into their marriage, leaving her a pregnant widow, she misses him dearly. Through several regents, Margaret tries to hold Scotland together. She realizes much too late that her second husband, the Earl of Angus, is greedy and grasping, and by then Scotland is in an uproar.
Margaret lived a long life, having many children. Only two survived infancy, the future King James V and the neglected Lady Margaret Douglas. Bogdan's Margaret is impetuous, selfish, passionate, lonely, and full of regrets. Yet she never stops dreaming, or hoping for the best for her adopted homeland of Scotland.
This is an excellent, fast-paced story. Margaret is a fully developed character who was at times infuriating, and at others pitiful. The love Margaret must have felt for her country comes through in Bogdan's lovely descriptions of the country and in Margaret's feelings about it. Highly recommended.
My review courtesy of the Historical Novel Society.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Tudor is the Forgotten Queen - Recommended Jan. 30 2013
By Marie A. Parsons - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
So much is often written about Henry VIII and his wives that his older sister Margaret Tudor tends to be pushed into his shadow.

Not so in this novel. Meet Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and sister to Crown Prince Arthur and his younger brother Henry and their younger sister Mary.

Margaret is sent to Scotland as a mere girl in a political marriage to King James IV. She grows accustomed to Scotland's language and clan factions, and tries to be wife and mother as well as Queen Consort.

It is not easy. James feels so responsible for much in his life that he undergoes frequent penitential sufferings. But he loves Margaret and they try to work together to make lasting peace between France, England and Scotland.

Things of course do not go so well. The reader lives through the days of history, as James is defeated in battle and Margaret becomes Queen Regent, only to find her Regency threatened and lost, her position fragile.

Through it all, Margaret tries her best to remain Queen while also wanting so much to simply be woman. She is not a perfect heroine--she is stubborn and proud, sometimes when she might better be served by humility. She does not listen or look carefully at those around her, even while loving them dearly--she never sees the long illness of her "best" friend, nor knows that this friend has a child.

This novel provides a fascinating view of Margaret Tudor, a woman and Queen rarely depicted in the Tudor stories.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars Jan. 31 2013
By Mary E. Young - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book provides a fictionalized account of the life of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII's oldest sister. Married as a young teenager to James IV of Scotland, she finds herself in a foreign country. When Jamie is killed in battle, she finds herself in the precarious position of regent to an infant King. Desperate for affection and guidance, she marries the Earl of Angus, a man who quickly takes advantage of her to force through his own agenda. After being forced to give up her children, she flees to England, hoping that her brother will provide support for her situation.

I found this to be an interesting and engaging book. Much is written about Henry VIII, less about his sisters. Well written, the characters jumped to life, providing a fascinating look into the Tudor monarchy. Overall, highly recommended.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 300+ pages of narcissism Feb. 9 2013
By Stefani140 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
**Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!**

I hoped this book would be the one book to end my streak of below standard fare I've been reading. I wanted it to be, so desperately. The cover is amazing, I am so in love with that dress that I wanted to read the book simply for that. The synopsis also grabbed my attention. Everyone has read books about the infamous Tudors. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Princess Catherine, all of these are names that most people would recognize. Margaret is the oft overlooked Tudor that I can't recall having too many books written about her. In retrospect, there seems to be a very good reason for that.

Initially, I thought that I would quite like Margaret. She was spunky and fiery, with a bit of an attitude on her too. Her journey to the altar (by proxy) at the age of 13 to the King of Scotland, who was 20 years her senior, was a sweet introduction to the story and her character. I liked that she understood her role in a royal family of being a queen and producing a royal family, while trying to bring two kingdoms together. She was being proactive and determined to do her part for both England and Scotland. I also enjoyed seeing her struggles to acclimate to a new country and discovering exactly what being a queen entailed. Unfortunately, Margaret went from spunky and intelligent to selfish and narcissistic in a hurry. I found myself furious with her so many times that I stopped counting. EVERYTHING was about her! And when things stopped revolving around her for half a second she threw a fit and did something stupid, like firing a cannon at her husband. She humiliated herself often but then got angry at every perceived slight that "shamed" her, no honey you are doing a wonderful job of that yourself.

I am not done unloading about Margaret here, she was also a horrible narrator because it was alllllll about the Margaret show. Her child dies, it's shoved aside when she gets a new dress and is so excited about it. Her favorite servant dies and she is stunned that the woman had family and other interests besides hearing her self-indulgent rants all the time. Her husband lies to her, deceives her, cheats on her, steals from her, and abandons her. Yet she lets him take her son (the crowned king!) for a visit. And then is absolutely shocked that he won't give him back! What the holy mother of God did you think would happen?! He's scum and has always had aspirations to control the king so you just hand the king over!? Her late husband tells her, you must remain unmarried or they will challenge you for the crown. She remarries and then is stunned when they challenge her for the crown!! AAAAHHHH!! I can't talk about Margaret anymore or I'm going to have a rage induced stroke.

Jamie was the complete opposite in terms of character, I really liked him a lot. He was kind, considerate, intelligent, and looked to the future in a way befitting of a king. I thought that this was the character I'd hate, marrying a 13-year-old and bringing her to Scotland at 14. But I didn't. He recognized that she was just a girl and probably had no idea what being a wife and queen meant and was patient with her missteps. It didn't take me long to figure out that Jamie genuinely and honestly loved Margaret even if he was far from the perfect husband. He did everything he could to make her happy but it didn't end up working because she still nagged at him about everything. I felt sorry for him by the end simply for having to deal with her.

The plot also presented me a lot of trouble, mainly because I wasn't sure that there was one. It was over 300 pages of a narcissistic rant that was all about Margaret. That got boring really quick. There was almost no mention of the intrigue of the time, nations in turmoil, her brother's court in shambles, Scotland under siege from within, nothing of any import for the time at all. All about Margaret and what made Margaret happy or unhappy. I also pray that the formatting was fixed for the final copy because the ARC was practically unreadable. In one sentence, a son was alive and well and being christened. Literally in the next sentence, with no segue, the same son is dead and they are at his funeral. I have zero idea how much time passed in between the two events. Topics were mentioned and changed at will and with no explanation, segue, or even a paragraph break to tell me what was going on. At one point, two whole years passed from the time we ended one paragraph to when we started the next. It was so confusing. I hope this was only a problem with the ARC because if the final copy is like that, God help anyone who reads it.

I cannot recommend this book. It nearly killed me just to finish it and I considered putting it down and giving up more than a dozen times. Unless you are a massive fan of the author then I fear your reading experience will echo mine.

Thank you Kensington for providing me an ARC of this book via NetGalley. It was provided in exchange for an honest review.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating take on Margaret Tudor's life July 8 2013
By gpangel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan is a Kensington Publication. The release for the book was January 2013.Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the digital copy of this book. The Forgotten Queen is a historical novel about Margaret Tudor, Henry the 8th's older sister. Margaret becomes a bride at the ripe old age of 12, married by proxy to King James of Scotland. At the age of thirteen she is on her way to Scotland to become the queen. Margaret adores James, but it's a little while before he views her as woman. They suffer many heartbreaks, until at the age of 23 Margaret finds herself a widow, betrayed by her own brother and left with virtually no trustworthy counsel and must take on the role of Queen Regent until her son comes of age. It's at this point Margaret goes off course and makes one crucial mistake after another. Her heartbreak, her loneliness, her role thrust on her although she never desired it, and the toll so many losses takes on her, makes her yet another queen during the Tudor period that suffers a tragic life. Although, we do see glimpses of her sense of entitlement at times, the duty that must always come first is a burden to Margaret. All she ever really wanted was to love and be loved and have a family. Her endless pursuit of this causes her more heartbreak than happiness. This is an interesting portrayal of this queen that we rarely hear spoken of or written about. Times were hard in those days and people were ruthless. I can't imagine being a woman in that time and having the duties and responsibilities Margaret had, but none of the respect and power the men had. Yes, she schemed and yes, she was unhappy no matter where she managed to land. She was restless, disillusioned, and worn out by loss. She was far from perfect and self absorbed a great deal of the time. However, she wasn't prepared for the death of her first husband and didn't really know how to move forward at such a young age, especially since most of the time she was pregnant and giving birth. She was both successful and a failure at parenting. She was never successful at marriage or relationships with men, even with her brother Henry. We do get the feeling though that she did make it to a time in her life when things did slow down for her and she found some sort of peace with Harry and the role she played in her son's life. This was a very absorbing read. The Tudor period is just filled with schemes, power struggles, wars, great romances, and tragic deaths. If you like this period of history, you will really enjoy this book. A fascinating life story. Overall this one gets an A
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