Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I have achieved celebrity status, she is largely forgotten.
Margaret s life was steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents bitter divorce, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry s six wives. In an age when women were expected to stay out of the political arena, alluring and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate one of the most notorious marriages of the sixteenth century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots.Margaret defiantly warred with two queens Mary, and Elizabeth of England and was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI.
The life of Margaret Douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on decades of research and myriad original sources including many of Margaret s surviving letters Alison Weir brings this captivating character out of the shadows and presents a strong, capable woman who operated effectively and fearlessly at the very highest levels of power.
Praise for "The Lost Tudor Princess"
This is a substantial, detailed biography of a fascinating woman who lived her extraordinary life to the full, taking desperate chances for love and for ambition. It will appeal to anyone with an interest in the powerful women of the Tudor period. Philippa Gregory, "The Washington Post"
Tackling the family from an unexpected angle, Weir offers a blow-by-blow account of six decades of palace intrigue. . . . Weir balances historical data with emotional speculation to illuminate the ferocious dynastic ambitions and will to power that earned her subject a place in the spotlight. "The New York Times Book Review""
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-11-16
- Reviewer: Staff
In this noteworthy biography, Weir (The Marriage Game), a novelist and popular historian of the Tudor period, shows how Lady Margaret Douglasa now largely forgotten royal claimantfrequently ignored her own safety to further her ambition in spite of her more famous relatives. Margaret, Henry VIIIs niece, spent much of her life angling for greater status and favors, seemingly oblivious to the delicate political situations of the volatile Reformation-era Tudor courts. Her machinations and shifting alliances with the Scottish and French kept Elizabeth Is extensive spy network busy while endangering Catholic-leaning Margarets neck. Love caused Margaret great problems, as it did for so many Tudors, and led to her uncle passing a famously troublesome bill of attainder (a declaration of guilt and punishment without a trial) that she repeatedly violated. Whats perhaps of greatest interest, readers see from Margarets perspective the poignant story of her elder son, the infamous Lord Darnley, and his marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots. Through considerable research and with great clarity, Weir reveals how the strong-willed Margaret encapsulated the best and worst of the ambitious Tudor dynastystubbornness, passion, tragedy, couragewhile leading a fascinating life of her own, to the detriment of Englands well-being. Agent: Julian Alexander, Lucas Alexander Whitley (U.K.). (Jan.)