The Forgotten Queen
Despite her doubts, Margaret falls under the spell of her adopted home. But while Jamie is an affectionate husband, h ...more
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 fami ...more
Oh dear, I seem to be having a run of bad books recently. I picked up this book because I was intrigued by the premise. Whilst historical fiction on the Tudors seems to be a penny a dozen these days, all trying to jump on the bandwagon, novels about Margaret Tudor, elder sister of King Henry VIII and Queen of Scotland, are few and far between. With all the focus on the stereotypical image of the gluttonous Henry and his farcical merry-go-round of six wives, his two sisters and their impact on hi ...more
Margaret Tudor is portrayed here as a multifaceted figure. She sets out to become queen of Scotland at the tender age of fourteen and yet she overcomes her doubts and proves herself to be a strong and proud woman--very much a queen. And yet, in her steadfast quest to see her son cr ...more
Something is wrong with me, or at least wrong with the books I’ve been reading lately. My past 3 or 4 books were 2 stars, I need to stop that trend! Unfortunately, this book is not going to be the one to end the streak. I wanted it to be, so desperately. The cover is amazing, I am so in love with that dress that I wanted to read the book simply for that. The synopsis also grabbed my attention. Everyone has read books about the infamous Tudors. Henry VIII, Anne Bo ...more
Being a huge fan of Tudor historical fiction, I am always pleasantly surprised when an author can bring to my attention a previously little known person from this much discussed sphere. This is exactly what D.L. Bogdan has done in The Forgotten Queen, giving voice to the lesser discussed sibling of Henry VIII, Margaret Tudor. With the trademark pride and stubbornness of the Tudors, Margaret worked tirelessly as a Princess of England and Queen of Scotland to bri ...more
This is a wonderfully readable hist fic that hits the elements of what I like in a read: historical ambiance that feels real, a main character I like, historical relationships articulated in a way that seems believable, and enough drama and emotion to make me care.
The Margaret of this novel is Margaret Tudor, sister of He ...more
Margaret leaves England at an early age to wed the King of Scotland. Though ...more
This s ...more
An interesting novel. Entertaining and fast-paced, but no without a few missteps. It's always nice to get a fresh perspective on the Tudor dynasty, and using Princess Margaret for a narrator helps a lot in that regard. Ejoyable, an easy historical read, The Forgotten Queen is a sold effort.
Review and giveaway to come as part of the blog tour on the 30th!
Not so in this novel. Meet Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and sister to Crown Prince Arthur and his younger brother Henry and their younger sister Mary.
Margaret is sent to Scotland as a mere girl in a political marriage to King James IV. She grows accustomed to Scotland's language and clan factions, and tries to be wife and mother as well as Queen Consort.
It is n ...more
Bogdan's Margaret Tudor is a dreamer who is soon shaped by the harsh realities of losing her husband, King ...more
Margaret has a way of getting herself into trouble by not recognizing that she cannot be a Tudor first and Queen of Scotland seco ...more
Margaret was not a terribly sympathetic heroine, but I came to understand her quite well. She was raised to be a "peacemaker" for her royal family who strove to rise above the past and was essentially sent to Scotland as a sacrifice for that peace. Although that is the fate of many royal princesses, Margaret seemed ...more
Margaret struck me as a person who did not feel herself complete unless she had someone by her side. Her first marriage to King James was from all accounts a ...more
Beautiful historical novel!
I just finished reading "The Forgotten Queen" by D.L. Bogdan.
This is the first book I read from this author.
It's the story of Queen Margaret of Scotland. She was the mother of King James of Scotland. Still young, she marries and finds herself in a foreign country. I do not wish to write a complete review since, so many have been done. Lets just say that it's the fascinating story of the lives of the Tudor Monarchy.
If you love royal intrigues and plot in Beau ...more
Overall, I thought it was a well written piece. It didn't suck me in as much as I had expected or hoped it would, but it was an interesting read and the writing was good. I had trouble relating to some of the Queen's choices and for me, that made her more difficult to like. I did learn some things that I didn't know.
I only rated this book as a 3 stars because I feel like Margaret was a really weak character, not really in control, always at the whim of her emotions. That could be true but the author should give the char ...more
D.L Bogan is a history major, aiming for a master's so that she might lecture one day. She is also a musician with classical voice training who has been playing keyboards and singing in bands since she was 18. She also enjoys reading, traveling, summer activities, spending time with family and friends, and researching her next novel! She makes her home in central Wisconsin.