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The Forgotten Queen

(Tudor Court #4)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  894 ratings  ·  119 reviews
From her earliest days, Margaret Tudor knows she will not have the luxury of choosing a husband. 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 while Jamie is an affectionate husband, h
Paperback, 318 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Kensington
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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
My eyes are burning and my bones are aching from staying glued to this book so many hours in the past two days! What a wonderful walk through history and romance it is. I was so taken up in the story from the first chapter as the young Margaret was swept by her father, Henry VII into her role as a mighty queen in purpose, to bond the great countries of England and Scotland. Margaret was just a little girl, and her life had already become larger than imaginable. I was breathless and anxious along ...more
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 fa
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Massive historical fiction fans, fans of the author
**Warning: Mild spoilers ahead!**

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
Michelle Stockard Miller
What a fantastic historical novel! I enjoyed every minute of it. Part of it was due to the fact that I have never read much historically about Margaret Tudor and the rest was because of Bogdan's masterful storytelling.

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
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I'm no fan of the Tudors but having enjoyed Bogdan's previous novel, I decided to give this one -- with its focus on Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII -- a go, and I'm glad.

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
Colleen Turner
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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
Girl with her Head in a Book
Ah you Tudors, we never will tire of reading stories about your wicked ways. If it isn't Philippa Gregory crunching out novels about how you were all hunched and ugly Neanderthals who despised chivalry and viciously slaughtered the golden-haired and learned members of the noble House of York, then it's Jonathon Rhys Meyers prancing about not looking anything like obese enough to be Henry VIII. Then of course, there are novels like this one. The novels that have their moments but also have some r ...more
Cynthia Mcarthur
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Tudors were a fiery, memorable family. Headstrong, passionate, often foolhardy, restless… this describes the forgotten Tudor, Queen Margaret of Scotland. She was Henry VIII’s older sister, but more importantly, she was the mother of King James V of Scotland, the father of Mary, Queen of Scots. She tried to set into motion peace between England in Scotland, which would finally be realized with her great-grandson James.
Margaret leaves England at an early age to wed the King of Scotland. Though
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII's slightly less famous sister. Margaret married Jamie, King of Scotland. Margaret's father tells her to remember that she will always be a Tudor first and the Queen of Scotland second. This idea gets Margaret into quite a bit of trouble as she loses her first husband and must fight to maintain regency in lieu of her son.

Margaret has a way of getting herself into trouble by not recognizing that she cannot be a Tudor first and Queen of Scotland seco
Sharon Chance
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy reading about the kings and queens of old, and was excited about this novel about the little known Queen Margaret of Scotland. Author D.L. Bogdan does a wonderful job of taking her readers deep into the heart of the English royal family, with all the scandals, machinations, and drama that they are so famous for. There is romance, adventure, mystery and a bit of humor throughout this tale that along with a fast-moving plot and a great cast of characters makes this book a great read.

Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really, thoroughly, enjoyed this book! A great story of Margaret Tudor, princess of England, Queen of Scotland, and sister to Henry VIII. I loved this because I have not read much about Margaret, or her life, and I was captivated from start to finish. This author paints a fascinating story full of scandal and court intrigue. I could not put it down, Everything I have read by D.L.Bogdan so far has been a winner, and I can't wait to read much more by her in the future! ...more
Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)

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!
Novelle Novels
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 out of 5 stars
I love Tudor history and books on all those members of the dynasty. This is based around Henry VIII sister Margaret Tudor and she is someone who i didn’t know much about. Yes this is fiction but it’s based around facts on this ladies life. We start off as her a child with her siblings, she loved her brother Arthur the best and that relationship is so sweet. Like all princesses she was taken from her family young and married off before she was even a woman. I loved her strength ye
Feb 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
This is a LibraryThing Member Giveaway which I started shortly after I received it, and, ironically, forgot about. I am doing my best to clean up my needs-to-be-read list, after several months of the abyss, so I started over.

It's not really fair that I forgot about it, as it's a heck of a story: Margaret, older sister of he who will become Henry VIII, is sent to be the bride of James of Scotland, leaving all she knows, leaving her family with the knowledge that she well might never see them agai
Jan 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan is a Kensington Publication. The release for the book was January 2013.
Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the digital copy of this book.

The Forgotten Queen is a historical novel about Margaret Tudor, Henry the 8th's older sister. Margaret becomes a bride at the ripe old age of 12, married by proxy to King James of Scotland. At the age of thirteen she is on her way to Scotland to become the queen. Margaret adores James, but it's a little while before he v
Meg - A Bookish Affair
Nov 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Henry VIII is an imposing figure in history as well as being popular fodder for historical fiction books. Sure, many of us have read about Henry's brother, Arthur, as he was married to Katherine of Aragon before Henry married her. I don't think I've ever read a book about one of Henry's sisters though. This book is told from the perspective of Margaret Tudor, Henry's sister who goes to Scotland and becomes queen. Her life is not without drama though and I loved reading about her! I love the Tudo ...more
Carolina Casas
My previous review under my other account: "It's very difficult for an author to do well rounded characters when the central focus is on one character, let alone when it's written in first person. But D.L. Bogdan my respects to her and her writing, she managed to do just that. Margaret of Scotland is transformed into a woman we can all relate to her because she is not perfect, she is flawed, confused, yet her mistakes are not only due to her but also because of the men around her and the situati ...more
Rebecca Hill
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was quite an interesting read. I wasnt really sure which way the turns were going to take. Margaret Tudor was more than just the queen of Scotland. She was an ambitious woman whose reign was cut short by the death of her husband. Although she was regent for a short while, she fell victim to the Earl of Angus and his plans for Scotland.
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
Ambrosia Sullivan
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When most think of a Sister to King Henry VIII they think of Mary, who married Charles Brandon. Indeed D.L Bogdan named the book aptly in choosing to call it the Forgotten Queen. Upon the opening of this novel we are thrust right into the world of a Princess who like most is never really going to be able to steer her own destiny. Raised to be a Lady, to have children and be a Wife who will wed who she is told. Ah, but we also learn quickly Margaret Tudor is every inch the Tudor as we know them, ...more
Mar 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
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 s ...more
Marie Parsons
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So much is often written about Henry VIII and his wives that his older sister Margaret Tudor tends to be pushed into his shadow.

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
Mar 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
It's very difficult for an author to do well rounded characters when the central focus is on one character, let alone when it's written in first person. But D.L. Bogdan my respects to her and her writing, she managed to do just that. Margaret of Scotland is transformed into a woman we can all relate to her because she is not perfect, she is flawed, confused, yet her mistakes are not only due to her but also because of the men around her and the situation she's often put in and she has to endure. ...more
Dec 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: physical-arcs, 2012
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Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very fine book and a good read by an author whose books I greatly admire. I learned a great deal about Margaret Tudor during the time I spent with her her learning her life history.

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
Katherine Gilraine
Mar 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
Easily one of the better historical novels out there, this Tudor-era story spins not the tale of Henry VIII, but of his sister Margaret, the eventual grandmother to Mary, Queen of Scots. D.L. Bogdan brings the Scottish Court to life, telling the pivotal early Tudor court events from a side point of view, all the while having Margaret, the ever-impetuous, passionate Margaret, tell the story.

Bogdan's Margaret Tudor is a dreamer who is soon shaped by the harsh realities of losing her husband, King
Nicole Laverdure
Feb 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
4 stars 1/2
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
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-edition
Writing and history: 4 stars - because if anyone can write a decent book about someone so unlikable they deserve kudos.
Main Character: 1 star - only 1 star for the ability to fill their lungs with air, because honestly, if she was really like this I'm surprised she didn't end up in the Tower. This has got to be the whiniest, most naive, silly, narcissistic, useless royal person that ever existed. She bounces from one stupid decision to another and then wonders why she ends up alone?
Plot: 2-3 st
V.E. Lynne
"The Tudor Princess" is the story of Henry VIII's older, less well known sister Margaret who was sent to Scotland at a young age to wed the Scots king, a marriage known as the union of 'The Thistle and the Rose'. Margaret falls for the king, James, and endures miscarriages and the loss of several young children before they finally have an heir who survives. The king is then killed in battle and Margaret is left to negotiate the very complicated landscape of Scottish politics as well as two furth ...more
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another terrific historical fiction novel, this time by author D.L. Bogdan who I hadn't read before, but will certainly read again. The subject of "The Forgotten Queen" is Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII who was sent to Scotland to marry James IV, only to soon find herself a widow in care of the heir apparent. I hadn't read much on Margaret, and this novel paints her as neither saint nor sinner, providing a highly entertaining glimpse into the turbulent and often tragic life she must have l ...more
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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.


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