Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty Paperback – 15 Oct 2011
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About the Author
Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She has written many books on the Tudors and England’s Queens for Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.
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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.
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!
But aside from these minor problems the text is very readable, and nowhere near as superficial as that of She Wolves. The book also contains a theory I had never read before: that Henry VII's father Edmund Tudor, son of Catherine de Valois and (presumably) her second husband Owen Tudor, may have been fathered by Edmund Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, an uncle of Margaret Beaufort's with whom Catherine may have had an affair in the late 1420s. I had read elsewhere (in Lisa Hilton's Queens Consort: England's Medieval Queens) that Edmund Beaufort and Catherine de Valois wanted to marry around this time, but that Parliament passed a law that would have caused Edmund Beaufort to lose his property and possessions if he married the Queen without official permission, with the result that he lost interest in her. Anyway, this is what Norton has to say (p.Read more ›
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This book was bought for a friends birthday as she has an interest in history in general and particularly this period. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Gail Tildesley
Sorry but I don't feel as if I know any more about Margaret Beaufort than I did before I read the book. Read morePublished 9 months ago by GORDON JACKSON
A brilliant, easy read illuminating the life of the mother of our first Tudor King .Published 9 months ago by Jennifer M Edwards
Great book covering a period in history I didn't get an opportunity to study in schoolPublished 10 months ago by Carol Compton
Very good insight to the parts of history not taught in schoolsPublished 12 months ago by Betty Keen
all the ye olde English was very distracting. it would not have hurt to have transcribed it into modern English, it would not have made it look frivolous or less serious.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Lots of information about this formidable women who ensured her son would be king of England.Published 21 months ago by cosmicelk
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! Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2014 by Shona Grey
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