The Forgotten Queen Paperback – Jan 29 2013
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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
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.