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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (Jan. 29 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0758271387
  • ISBN-13: 978-0758271389
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 299 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #262,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicole Laverdure ''Mirabelle'' TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 19 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Curious Dame TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 9 2013
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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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
Memorable. Feb. 1 2013
By Cynthia McArthur - Published on
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.
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Margaret Tudor is the Forgotten Queen - Recommended Jan. 30 2013
By Marie A. Parsons - Published on
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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.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4 1/2 stars Jan. 31 2013
By Mary E. Young - Published on
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A True Forgotten Queen June 30 2013
By The Night Owl - Published on
Format: Paperback
"No one is as proud as a Tudor." D.L Bogdan introduces, what could possibly be, one of the most extreme feminists from the 16th century, Margaret Tudor Queen of Scots, in her new book The Forgotten Queen. In this fictionalized history novel, Margaret struggles through the life of a Royal and the limitations she has as a female in a traditional man's world. Being married at the early age of twelve and moved to the "barbaric" country of Scotland, she strives to accomplish the goal of bringing peace between England and Scotland set by her father, and her personnel goal of living out a pampered, satisfied existence. But when continuous tragedies plague her, and she is taken advantage of by those who claim to love her, Margaret discovers that she can bring the peace and she can live a happy life, but can she accomplish them together?

In many historical fiction novels, if the author intends to write about the entire life of the character it can become tedious, like an extremely long and detailed history lesson proving that the author did not just make up the events, but that they actually did research on this time in history. While occasionally some of the details are unneccessary, Bogdan does an excellent job of not making this book into an elaborate, speculative research paper. And considering that she has written three other books on the Tudors, and has studied history in college, it is safe to assume that this book is pretty accurate concerning what occured in the life of Margaret Tudor.

If this was a traditional novel, the character would be seen as a static character; never changing, not experiencing that epiphany before the climax that if she changes her ways, then maybe things will end up differently. Instead, Margaret is consistently shown as being selfish, materialistic, and blonde throughout the whole of her life. Even when she has moments of resolve to change her ways, she never does. Normally, this kind of main character would make the story uninteresting, however since it is based off of a real person and real events, it can only be suspected to be how Margaret Tudor actually was in real life. Still, at times it can be quite annoying reading from her egotistic point of view.

Bogdan's book does a remarkable job of bringing the story of a true forgotten queen (due to the infamy of her brother Henry VIII) to light, and showing the trials of Regal women from the past in a way that can be enjoyed by modern audiences.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Felt no empathy for Margaret Tudor March 7 2013
By The History Lady - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This review was first posted at The History Lady blog.
I was keen to read a novel about Margaret Tudor, the feisty grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots. Unfortunately, I liked Margaret Tudor less at the end of the book than I did at the beginning.

I've read a fair bit of history on Margaret and Mary, the sisters of Henry VIII - enough to know that D. L. Bogdan's The Forgotten Queen is a fairly historically accurate, if fictionalized, account of the life and times of Margaret Tudor, Queen Consort of Scotland's James IV. It is a well-written chronological telling of Margaret's life, from her childhood at Sheen to her three marriages in Scotland finally her last role as mother of James V.

Early in the novel, Bogdan does a good job of setting the stage for the later enmity Henry VIII had for his sister. Keep in mind Henry VIII left Margaret and her heirs out of his will and out of the English succession. Scotland and England were constantly on the brink of war--there were many Border skirmishes and several outright heartbreaking bloody battles, such as Flodden where James IV died. Against this reality, Margaret struggled with where her loyalty lay - to England as a Tudor Princess, or to Scotland as a Stewart Queen and mother of the heir. Bogdan captures this tension well. Bogdan also does a great job evoking Scotland and its palaces - places I visited last year like Linlithgow, Holyrood, and Falkland.

But I'll just say it. As the main character in a novel, this Margaret Tudor left me cold. I wanted to warm to her, but she was vain, greedy, petty and a bit of a narcissist. Now perhaps she really was all those things, but it did not make me like her, or really want to read about her. She was utterly lacking in humility. (She might have been a bit like her brother Henry). Ultimately, her negative character traits were not offset by enough positive traits. It may have been an accurate portrayal of Margaret, but it could have used some empathy. Perhaps that was hard given some of Margaret's decisions.

This was my first D. L. Bogdan novel. Despite my feelings for this Margaret Tudor, I would definitely read another.

So if you like all things Tudor, it is worth a read. And if you didn't have much passion for Margaret Tudor before, you may not upon finishing the book. I'd be interested to hear what you think. Below I've linked to another review of The Forgotten Queen.

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