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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445608197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445608198
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 346,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A pioneering biography of the Tudor dynasty's most dangerous enemy' PROFESSOR MICHAEL HICKS, author of RICHARD III; 'A fascinating account of a remarkable woman' THE BIRMINGHAM POST; 'Christine Weightman brings Margaret alive once more' THE YORKSHIRE POST; 'A fine and sympathetic biography - brings us impressively close to one of the most interesting - and important - women of the 15th century' ANN WROE author of PERKIN. --The Yorkshire Post

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Christine Weightman lives in Ascot.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amelrode VINE VOICE on 2 Nov. 2012
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Margaret of York (1446 - 1503) was a daughter of Richard Plantagenet, 3rd Duke of York and Cecily Neville and sister to the Kings Edward IV and Richard III. In 1468 she became the third wife of Charles the Bold, the Duke of Burgundy. The marriage remained childless, but Margaret very quickly became a respected and loved Duchess, standing in for her husband. Most importantly she became very close to her step-daughter and the heiress to the duchy, Mary of Burgundy. When Charles died in battle in 1477 it was Margaret who acted decisively and ensured the swift accession of her inexperienced step-daughter, managed her marriage to Maximilian of Austria, later to be Emperor, and thereby ensured the survival of the Burgundian state in-spite of the onslaught of the King of France. The Burgundian state became part of the Habsburg Empire. Margaret was a great help and support for the Mary and her husband, even after Mary had died in 1482. She supported the policies of Maximilian and his heir Duke Philip.

Her connection with England remained intact and she had to experience the downfall of the York dynasty. She backed both Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck, who tried to overthrow Henry VII Tudor, who was married to her niece Elisabeth.

Margaret was a great survivor - she survived the war of the Roses, the last of the House of York, she survived the catastrophic death of the husband, the last of the Great Dukes of the West. She ensured that Burgundy did survive. Christine Weightman presents an interesting, substantial and sympathetic biography of a remarkable woman. It is not an easy read. It is a bit scholarly. It is not written in popular style. Christine Weightman puts her life into perspective, but never looses track of Margret and the impact events had on her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Rice-Jones on 25 Oct. 2014
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An excellent source for those interested in 15th Century English and Continental History. Margaret's loyalty to her brothers is clearly demonstrated
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