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The Forgotten Queen [Kindle Edition]

D.L. Bogdan
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From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. As daughter of Henry VII, 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 she has rivals. While Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one. And providing an heir cannot guarantee Margaret's safety when Jamie leads an invading army against her own brother, Henry VIII. In the wake of tragic loss she falls prey to the attentions of the ambitious Earl of Angus--a move that brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal, secret alliances, and the vagaries of her own heart, Margaret has one overriding ambition--to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost.

Exquisitely detailed and poignant, The Forgotten Queen vividly depicts the life and loves of an extraordinary woman who helped shape the fate of two kingdoms--and in time, became the means of uniting them.

Praise for the novels of D.L. Bogdan

"A story of love and redemption, beautifully told." --Christy English on The Sumerton Women

"Throbs with intensity as it lays bare the secret delights of Tudor court life and the sudden, lethal terrors. A tale of innocence and ruthless ambition locked in a love-hate embrace." --Barbara Kyle on Secrets of the Tudor Court

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 788 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (29 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AY3XF6
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story about a lesser known Tudor 29 Jan. 2013
By Caz
3.5 stars

The story of Margaret, older sister of Henry VIII is possibly a less familiar one than that of his younger sister, Mary, and it's that fact which initially attracted me to this book. In fact, I think I've only read one other book about her - Jean Plaidy's "The Thistle and the Rose", which I read probably more than thirty years ago.

So I was interested in reacquainting myself with her story.

Margaret led a turbulent life that was frequently beset by tragedy. Like many females born into prominent families, she was used as a bargaining tool, a means of cementing alliances, to which end she was married to King James IV of Scotland at the age of 13.

As a young girl, Margaret is shown to be intelligent and lively. The early part of her life is dealt with very quickly, but before she leaves for Scotland, her father, Henry VII tells her that he has a dream that through her, the kingdoms of England and Scotland will be united, which of course does come to pass, although not in the way he had expected. (Margaret's great-grandson, James VI became James I of the United Kingdom in 1603 upon the death of Elizabeth I).

Margaret's husband is twenty-years her senior, handsome and kind; and she falls for him immediately. They were married for eleven years, (during which time and she bore him six children, only one of whom survived infancy), but those years are almost completely glossed over in the book and we do not really get to see or learn much of James at all, other than that his religious fervour is a frequent cause of discord between him and Margaret, and that he is not a faithful husband.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an interesting take on the tudor era 11 Mar. 2013
By clotty
Format:Kindle Edition
I have never read any other books about Margaret. ususally tudor period books stick with the main English cast of Henry VIII, Henry VII and their wives. ive even read a few books about Mary (Henry VIII's sister). I must admit it was nice and refreshing to have new characters to read about!

the book is taken from the perspective of Margaret and her marriage to the King of Scotland and her life there. she does a lot of growing up in the book, and makes a few mistakes, one being her second husband!! but i guess if you were her then you might make them too! sometimes i found her to be a little selfish and binkered but then again she was raised a princess and we cant fault her for being spoiled.

i did enjoy the book and i found the story ingrossing and beliveable. the characters were believeable, albeit one sided! but i did really enjoy it. i feel the author doesnt have the charisma of other authors just yet and i found the flow of the book a little hard sometimes. dates on the chapters would be nice, as at one point i got lost! but i feel that with a few more books this author could really give the big boys such as Alison Weir and Phillipa Greggory a go!

would highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable historical fiction.. 17 Mar. 2013
By jaffareadstoo TOP 500 REVIEWER
This fictionalised account of the life of Margaret Tudor starts with the realisation that she is to be used a political pawn to unite the countries of England and Scotland. Dispatched to Scotland as a young teenager, Margaret makes the best of her marriage to King James IV, and despite his infidelities and weak nature, she falls for his inherent charm. When she is widowed after the Battle of Flodden, Margaret must learn how to survive in a man's world, and even as she seeks to protect her baby son, now James V, there are powerful men who would seek to destroy her. Margaret's fearsome determination and self-absorption, do not make her very endearing, and I suspect that of all the Tudor siblings, Margaret was perhaps more like her brother, King Henry VIII, whose capricious and volatile nature is well documented. There is no doubt that Margaret was neither very good at marriage or motherhood, and the unpredictability of her troubled life makes for fascinating reading.

Overall, I thought the story was well written, the skill of the author encourages an emotional investment in the characters and even as Margaret comes across as both narcissistic and vainglorious, there is an element of sympathy for a woman who seemed to be strangely out of step with the world around her. The historical feel of the era is well captured, and it was refreshing to read about one of the lesser documented Tudor princesses.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars HISTORICALLY INACCURATE 20 July 2013
By valanne
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this as I know very little about Margaret Tudor other than she married James IV. When I started reading it seemed innocuous enough - it was the child Margaret writing and it was written in a childish voice. However I did not get very far into the novel before the inaccuracies and errors jumped off the page at me. Now I'm not a professor of Medieval Scottish History but as a patriotic Scot I know a lot about my country's history particularly the Stewart Kings.

The marriage between James and Margaret was a dynastic one - it may have been Henry Tudor's intention to bring the countries together or to try to add Scotland to his Kingdom as Edward Longshanks mistakenly tried. It is unlikely that James would have spoken to Margaret in the way he did or fall in love with her - her purpose was solely to produce sons. He loved Margaret Drummond and was devastated by her death or murder whichever way you want to look at it. Princesses and women of noble families were by and large commodities and used to benefits their fathers and male relatives (eg the Boleyn sisters.)

And now to the most glaring error I've ever read. James IV's father was killed at the Battle of Bannockburn. Now THAT was complete news to me - I read that paragraph twice to make sure my eyes weren't playing tricks with me. Let me put that straight Ms Bogdan in case you read this - I see you are a student of history and this might be a line of study you want to pursue. James III was killed at the Battle of SAUCHIEBURN in 1488. The battle of Bannockburn took place in 1314. The Stewart line - descended from the victor of Bannockburn (that would be Robert the Bruce) - had not yet been established. An easy mistake to make but not a good one to a Scot who knows her history.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Forgotten Queen.
I enjoyed this book it was easy reading. I didn't know anything about Margaret Tudor only she was Henry sister.
Published 16 months ago by Joyce Hargreaves
5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable read
The reader is transported back in time very convincingly by the,author. Well researched an enjoyable book on a fascinating lady.
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Loved this book not enough is written about the sisters of Henry the V111,I found it full of interesting fact on her life ,from the darling of the Tudor... Read more
Published 19 months ago by margaret fenton
4.0 out of 5 stars a good book
a good read for all tudor lovers although i got alittle disintrested at times but not a bad read
i may recomend it
Published 20 months ago by Beverley Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten queen
I enjoyed this book but would have liked more narrative and explanation as it got a bit bogged down at times with all the various characters. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Ms. Sandra Woods
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but with some errors
Being a big fan of the Stewarts, especially James IV, I was excited about there being a book about Margaret Tudor. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Hannah
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting
Margaret Tudor has slipped behind her siblings and yet is the ancestor of the British Royal Family, a good read
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