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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 1st edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445601427
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445601427
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 16.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. Her other books include ANNE BOLEYN: HENRY VIII'S OBSESSION, JANE SEYMOUR: HENRY VIII'S TRUE LOVE, CATHERINE PARR ('Scintillating' THE FINANCIAL TIMES; 'Norton cuts an admirably clear path through tangled Tudor intrigues' JENNY UGLOW), ANNE OF CLEVES: HENRY VIII'S DISCARDED BRIDE, ENGLAND'S QUEENS: THE BIOGRAPHY (all published by Amberley Publishing) and SHE WOLVES: THE NOTORIOUS QUEENS OF ENGLAND. Her next book will be the first ever biography of Bessie Blount, mistress of Henry VIII and mother to his first child which will also be published by Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.

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81 of 90 people found the following review helpful By Alice Penworthy on 16 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book. I received it at the same time as my copy of Philippa Gregory's `The Red Queen' and thought that I would read this first so that I knew about the historical Margaret Beaufort. I found this book really interesting. What I like most about Elizabeth Norton's books is that she deals with her subjects chronologically and it is easy to follow the events of their lives. This book is full of fascinating details. I particularly liked the information on Margaret's third marriage to Henry Stafford, as well as her involvement in the conspiracies against Richard III. There were also lots of little details that kept me interested. Norton talks about what Margaret ate at particular events, and what she wore, as well as dealing with the more political aspects of her subject. All in all, I thought this was an excellent book and would recommend it to anyone.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 30 Dec. 2010
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Margaret Beaufort was one of the remarkable women of the Tudor Dynasty (if one wants to count her as such) and of her times. Intelligent, shrewd, political, devoted to her son and his destiny, educated. A lady who managed her own destiny, not in the beginning, but later.

I enjoyed very much reading about her and her life. It is not the first biography about her, but it is the recent after a long time. Most enlightend were the chapters on her marriages and the relationships with her husbands. Far too often the focus is only on her son and their extraordinary relationship. So here the wife Margaret emerges.

Elisabeth Norton manage to revive the whole personality of Margaret and her ambitions. Her writing is superb and engaging. It is a real pleasure to read this book.
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49 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Sean on 6 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
A detailed biography of Lady Margaret Beaufort was long overdue. She is crucial figure in the Tudor story but often little is written about her other than details of her descent from John of Gaunt. What I particularly enjoyed was how the writer brought out Margaret's relatonships within the Houses of York and Lancaster. It also explains how Henry Tudor's claim to the throne was less remote than is often suggested. This book tells us much detail about this important figure and her other marriages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By christina on 27 July 2013
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This was very good, well written and, I think, typically Margaret Beaufort. I enjoyed reading it.. would recommend it to anyone
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shona Grey on 22 Feb. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
Margaret was by necessity a shadowy figure for much of her life. She definitely intrigued to get her son onto the throne of England, so she had to keep her head down! How Richard III ever allowed her to keep her head is a mystery, he killed many more for less. I enjoyed most of this book, but there were too many 'old english' sections, pretty well every couple of pages, which I didn't find enjoyable, they became a chore. Overall, considering Margaret is such a hazy figure, the Wars of the Roses taking centre stage, this was a fair read. Too much though on what Margaret might have done, said, thought or felt. Very little actual facts, probably because until Henry VII ascended the throne there was not much recorded about her.
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Very readable and informative, Elizabeth Norton’s book is packed with fascinating snippets of information about Margaret Beaufort and the times she lived in. I particularly liked the well-chosen excerpts from letters and writers of the time. Often portrayed as an austere, domineering figure, it was refreshing to see examples of Margaret Beaufort’s sense of humour and evidence that she did have a sensitive side. It can’t have been easy for her to be betrothed at the age of six then married to Edmund Tudor at twelve, finding herself pregnant almost immediately afterwards. This was apparently considered a bit hasty of him, even by the very different standards of the time, so it is hard to have much sympathy when Edmund dies of the plague before he even sees his son.

It is important to remember that Margaret Beaufort could have been queen – and perhaps paved the way for Elizabeth 1st, who saw her as a role model. It is also interesting to consider how much influence she had over her son, Henry VII – and how different Tudor history could have been if she had been around a bit longer to restrain her grandson, Henry VIII.

Inspired by Elizabeth's fascinating research I made the 'pilgrimage' to the room in Pembroke Castle where Margaret Beaufort gave birth to Henry VII and felt much closer to the real woman after reading this book. I rarely give a book five stars but in this case I enjoyed it so much I will—and I know this is a book I will return to in the future. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Alan H Issitt on 26 Aug. 2013
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Always interested in any family of John of Gaunt. Did not enjoy the passages written in "old english" The pictures where not that clear but that is a problem with all kindle books.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lantana, Florida on 16 Oct. 2012
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I am fascinated by the Beauforts and by Margaret Beaufort in particular so I was excited to see this book. More is known about her than about most members of her remarkable family (and than of most other women of her time). I did learn a few new things about Margaret but the book dragged due to the numerous paragraphs taken from books and letters written during the time Margaret lived. While I appreciate the historical accuracy, these are very difficult for a contemporary reader to plod through and I finally started skipping these sections entirely. The author would have served her readers better by either providing a modern day translation as well as the orignal or by just skipping the original all together.
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