Author: D.L Bogdan.
Expected publication: January 29th 2013.
Source: Netgalley & Publisher.
From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. Her duty is to gain alliances for England. Barely out of girlhood, Margaret is married by proxy to James IV and travels to Edinburgh to become Queen of Scotland.
Despite her doubts, Margaret falls under the spell of her adopted home. But while Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one. And nothing can guarantee Margaret’s safety when Jamie leads an army against her own brother, Henry VIII. In the wake of loss she falls prey to an ambitious earl and brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal and secret alliances, Margaret has one aim—to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost.
This story shows us the life of Margaret Tudor, daughter of King Henry VII and Queen Elizabeth of York. She is the sister of Prince Arthur of Wales, Henry VIII and Mary. The story starts when she is a little girl of 10 years. She is an intelligent, perky girl and she knows that she is destined to become queen. Her father chooses King James IV (also Jamie) from Scotland. They show a lot of affection for each other and he is a kind husband.
When Margaret’s father dies, Henry VIII becomes King and he marries Catherine of Aragon, wife from the last king, Arthur. We all know how his story continues, but he plays a big role in Margaret’s life. Their countries are becoming enemies and Jamie dies in a battle in England. She is broken after his death, but her love for their son James V (heir) and Alexander keeps her alive. She is 23 now. Her life only becomes more complicated. She remarries two times. Both marriages start happy, but they don’t end that well. Her first husband is even a treat to her son James V. It is a hard battle to get him on his rightful throne, but she succeeds and when he marries to a good French woman, she can finally rest from the hard life at Court.
I loved Margaret’s voice in the beginning. She is a funny girl and she knows exactly what she wants. Woman were used as strategic pieces, but she is ready for it and her first marriage isn’t that bad. Jamie was a good person despite his strange flaws. After her marriage to Angus, the story starts to drag a little bit and it’s sometimes hard to follow how much times passes. We used to get an indication about her age, but that is lost in the battle for her children. There is also a change in her voice. She is egoistic and a bit childish. I can understand that her son James V loses his temper around her. Despite that, I really liked this book. It was interesting to read more about her. I knew that they changed the storyline in the television show The Tudors, so it was nice to see a more realistic approach. Fascinating story of a woman with a lot of tragic losses and wrong choices in life.
“Things would be different had Eva not led Adam into sin,” he explained, bowing his head to conceal his flushing face.
”So Adam did not have a mind of his own?” I cried. “If he was witless enough of yield to Eve’s temptation then it is his stupidity that warrants the curse!”
”Madam, you tread on blasphemy!”
”Oh, you don’t want to hear it,” I lamented. “You are on his side.”
-Quote from e-ARC. Conversation between the Archbishop and 10-year-old Margaret about her periods.