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Margaret Pole: The Countess in the Tower

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  51 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Of the many executions ordered by Henry VIII, surely the most horrifying was that of sixty-seven-year-old Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, hacked to pieces on the scaffold by a blundering headsman.

From the start, Margaret’s life had been marred by tragedy and violence: her father, George, Duke of Clarence, had been executed at the order of his own brother, Edward IV,
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published August 15th 2016 by Amberley
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Tony Riches
Mar 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I should begin by saying I'm an avid reader of Susan Higginbotham's historical fiction, so I've been looking forward to reading her non-fiction biography of Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, one of the last surviving members of the House of York.

Perhaps unfairly, Margaret Pole is best remembered for her botched execution and a rather unflattering portrait of a thin-faced woman holding a sprig of honeysuckle blossom (a sign of love and faithfulness.) Interestingly, when I saw the portrait in
Henry VII and I have something in common: cheapskates (unless it's something we really want! ... but even then, I suspect he also complained at shelling out $$, even if you ARE paying hundreds of thousands of pounds to get a traitor in your Tower).

So, when this book turned up on Kindle with what I consider to be a BIG price tag (nearly $20, for an electronic book?!), I flinched -- and bought it anyway, since the Hardback has been stalled indefinitely and I need it for research.

I reserve the ri
Deborah Pickstone
I had previously enjoyed Susan Higginbotham's novels and had high hopes of this biography of Margaret Pole, an unusual subject. Unfortunately, my hopes were disappointed. To be fair to the author, I was put off early by her clear anti-Richard III bias (what is it about female historians and Richard III - it seems to bring out the reactionary in them) whereas I am a Riccardian of many years standing. I base this assertion on her choice of the word 'claimed' regarding many of Richard's actions alo ...more
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Apr 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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Sarah Bryson
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Susan Higginbotham’s book on Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury is a fascinating examination of the life of a woman who has so often been overlooked throughout history. I have read a little about Margaret Pole however this was always in relation to Henry VIII’s heartless decision to order her execution under what appeared to be trumped up charges of treason. Mentioned in books about the famous Tudor King Margaret’s life, her accomplishments and her legacy are so often glossed over or worse com ...more
Gina Minard-Rivera
Apr 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Susan Higginbotham, a wonderful historical fiction writer, shines just as bright in the historical genre. She obviously does plenty of research, sites many sources, and yet brings history to life in such a way as to make it education AND entertaining. At no time does she seem to be pushing forward her own opinions, but leaves room for many perspectives while highlighting the most reasonable assessments. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it strongly!
Charliee Keely Warmer
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really loved this book but was disappointed that it only went up to 60% on my kindle would have loved it to be longer but it is a great read I finished this in two days that's how good it was I know it says different on good reads but I'm one of them that reads one book and straight to another I would recommend this it's just ashame it was so short I'd have loved to have given 5 Stars but I'm always honest on reviews
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Welcome! I write historical fiction and nonfiction set in medieval and Tudor England and, most recently, nineteenth-century America. My latest novel, The First Lady and the Rebel, will be published in October 2019. It tells the story of Mary Lincoln and her Confederate half-sister, Emily Todd Helm.

As a writer of biographical fiction, one of my main goals is to avoid the stereotypes, myths, and mis