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The Lost Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas

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Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a Queen, her father an Earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs.

Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal not just once but twice by falling in love with unsuitable men. Fortunately the marriage arranged for her turned into a love matc
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Hardcover, 537 pages
Published January 12th 2016 by Ballantine Books
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Nicole~
3.5/5
Margaret Douglas, niece to Henry VIII by his sister Margaret Tudor, Dowager Queen of Scotland, came into the world under rather extraordinary circumstances, when her royal mother of renowned Tudor lineage, heavy in the last stages of pregnancy and in fear of her life, fled from Scotland and her enemies to seek protection under her formidable brother on English soil. In the sixteenth century, England and Scotland had hardly a neighborly, peaceful relationship, the two shared long established
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Christine
Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley.

Ah the Tudors – a Showtime series made you hot all over again. Not that you ever lost the hotness, you understand.

And to be fair to Weir, she was writing about the Tudors long before Showtime got its idea, so she wins.

There are problems with books like this one. There are reasons why full length studies of Margaret Douglas (or Lennox) and Elizabeth of York are not often done. There really isn’t quite much information in terms the ladies themselves. This is more o
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Orsolya
Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter of Margaret Tudor (one-time Queen of Scotland) is a woman whom often pops up in Tudor and Stuart history (especially as her son married Mary, Queen of Scots). Douglas was always omnipresent even if sort of lurking in shadows. Despite this appearance, she has yet to be discussed on her own merit. Alison Weir pens the first full-biography of this formidable lady in, “The Last Tudor Princess: The Life of Lady Margaret Douglas”.

“The Last Tudor Princess” noticeably be
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
This has to be the most mundane biography of any Tudor lady I have yet read. She must have done loads of vicarious living because the majority of the events that happened in her life actually happened to other people. She was a passive participant. Full of quotations from letters and journals, which turned my audio narrator into a cartoon character. I found myself mimicking her to others to their great joy. I'm only about halfway through, so my opinion may change
Nope, didn't change I rejoiced wh
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Jeanette
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a thorough detailing of the life of Lady Margaret Douglas. She was Henry VIII's niece, the daughter of his sister, who was Queen in Scotland.

She lived, for her time, a long life. It was wrought with complicated association to the royals of England, Scotland and other relatives in power hierarchies. This put her into a crack of nearly constant diplomacy/manipulation/power association for survival.

She succeeded in surviving and at times thriving. But overall, her life was extremely sad. A
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Melisende
Jan 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Why do I keep giving Weir chance after chance. Yet another 500 plus pages of history lessons replacing much lacking fact. Another case of quantity over quality.

Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, mother of Darnley and mother-in-law of Mary Queen of Scots - yes, a lost Tudor princess; yes, a woman whose life deserves the spotlight; yes, another case where fact is more interesting than fiction. A woman whose life reveals to us very little - and yet - 500 plus pages!

I have said this over and over
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Angie
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This extensive and exhaustive biography of Lady Margaret Douglas covers all documented instances of her and tells about the general goings on around her during her lifetime.

She is the daughter of Margaret Tudor (and her second husband), niece of King Henry VIII, and granddaughter of King Henry VII. She had lots of royal ties to both England & Scotland and the current British Royal family are descended through her.

Included are lots of letters written by and to Margaret, which are interesting an
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Stephen
interesting and detailed historical book about the life of a tudor princess who was in both the spheres of the scottish and english courts and survived where alot didnt but her ultimate aim came at a high price
Matt
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, audiobook
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Alison Weir, and Ballantine Books for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

In a style that she has made popular, Weir chooses a lesser known member of the the English monarchy (more times than not, a Tudor, as is the case again here) and gives a thorough account that leaves amateur enthusiasts astounded and begging for more. Answering that key question, 'Who was Margaret Douglas?', Weir offers t
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Louise
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: british-bio-hist
A full scale bio of Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox has been long overdue. Alison Weir has now filled in this gap. The book is well researched with long footnoted passages. It is readable, but not a page turner.

The narrative of Margaret’s parents, her youthful romance and her eventual love match with Henry Stewart (the 4th Earl of Lennox) necessarily covers the politics of royal succession in England and Scotland. The detailed sequence of events leading up to the marriage of Mary Quee
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John
Well-presented details of the life of a key member of the Tudor-Stuart dynasties: grand-daughter of Henry VII, first cousin of Elizabeth, and grandmother of James I. Unfortunately for her, she seemed to have a knack for getting involved in situations that ended up angering Henry VIII and Elizabeth (she and Mary Tudor, being co-religionists, were close friends).

Audio narration is well done. However, I found nnoying the constant shift between the narrator's text voice "However, she later said ...
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Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
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Wow. What a long book. Almost 600 pages. A cast of characters that's almost 20 pages long in itself. About 100 pages of notes to the text alone. This is a mad book, one that spans from Henry VII's time all the way to the tail end of Elizabeth I's.

And, the only thing I can think of is: Why wasn't she in Showtime's The Tudors?

Seriously, that was all that went through my mind the whole time I was reading the book. Let's assume that the creators actually did the stuff correctly, all right? In
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Bandit
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, if Margaret Douglas ever was lost, Alison Weir has certainly found her in this incredibly thorough revival of sorts. As a historical figure, the lost Tudor princess was certainly a significant character, a direct royal bloodline to the throne that never got to sit on it, an unusual example of a genuinely happy marriage at the time when marriages were nothing but contracts and breeding projects, relative and friend to the most important figures of her time and a grandmother to James VI (of ...more
Margaret Sankey
Nov 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Weir continues to mine the Plantagenet tree, this time for the biography of Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII's sister Margaret. Douglas' presence at court during the divorce and remarriages should be more informative than it is, but the only real value-added here is the analysis of the Devonshire manuscript for the courtly, romantic thinking of the circle of young people Douglas belonged to in the 1520s. Weir also resolutely ignores the new research on Anne of Cleves and Katherine Parr t ...more
Samantha
Im so sorry, but this book was so hard to read. I found there was just too many facts and too much information and context, and honestly not all of it relevant. It felt as if this was a book about the time featuring a bit about Margaret Douglas. I found it such a drudge to get through, really not my preferred style of biography. There just wasn't much focus about Margaret Douglas, and I came away not really knowing much more about her.
Prima Seadiva
Audiobook. Reader okay. I did not always enjoy her dialect interpretation as some were hard to understand.
This was a trudge of a read. It had interesting parts, the overall story of her life was interesting but for me it could have been less detailed. There was lots of repetition and sometimes way too much detail. For example I did like the money comparisons to today's values. They were definitely 1 percenters but we know that already. The values put it into some perspective. And I didn't like h
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Libby
Feb 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Don't read this book if you want slick, easy, pre-packaged history. There is plenty of romantic fiction out there, if you want that. This book is a serious look at a serious player in the Tudor game. Alison Weir goes to the primary sources; letters, ambassadors' reports, council memoranda, journals and contemporary chronicles. She digs out great big boulders of information and forms her theories about her subject. It is worth your time to follow her labors because she has written a comprehensive ...more
Sue
Margaret Douglas, descendant of Scottish kings and queens, niece of Henry VIII and cousin of Elizabeth I, mother in law of Mary, Queen of Scots, grandmother of James VI/I, is a woman little known in and of herself, a fact that Alison Weir attempts to remedy with this biography. Margaret was also a woman who tended to stir up a variety of emotions within the British Isles because of her place in the web of relationships and possible line of succession to the English throne.

Before reading this boo
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Jennifer (JC-S)
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
‘Who was Margaret Douglas?’

Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter of Mary Tudor and her second husband Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, was born on 7 October 1515 at Harbottle Castle. Margaret Douglas was the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. At various times, there were those who saw Margaret herself as a potential queen of England.

In this detailed biography, Alison Weir, provides detail of Margaret Douglas’s life. Margaret Douglas ranked highly at the court of her uncle, Hen
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Candace
Dec 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This nonfiction book covers the life of Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. Not someone that one usually reads about when reading about the Tudor period so almost all of the information was new to me. However, having read Weir before, I was prepared for the fully detailed way in which the subject was covered. Weir presents the information in a way that it flows like I'm reading a novel.

Not only did I enjoy meeting Margaret, but I also felt like I good sense of the most powerful families
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Jennifer
Packed with an incredible amount of detail. If this time period is not something that really interests you, it might seem tedious, as there are many lengthy descriptions of costume, packing lists, as well as voluminous correspondence. If it's something you enjoy, however, it's nice to hear the subjects speak in their own words.
Ashley
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
For the love of god don't listen to the audiobook version of this. The constant attempts to imitate the accents of every person who wrote any original source quoted in the book gets really tiring, really fast, and the dramatic reading of the alleged dying words of Matthew Lennox was just unnecessary.
Rose Mccrink
Oct 09, 2015 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I just picked up this book today. Flicking through it have noted that there are 2 sections with illustrations, however, exactly same illustrations in both sections! Has anyone else noted this? Is it a fault with my copy or all copies?? Oh well back to bookstore next week to change
Kathy
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meticulous research; incredible book.
Reborn
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Please don't look at the time it took me to finish this book to judge it. It was awesome as always from Weir. But I was in the middle of house-hunting when I started it and ended up putting in an offer on a house shortly after. And that house required a lot of work, so between moving and renovating and unpacking and planning a wedding, as well, there wasn't much time to read!
Hayley Bahnemann
When I bought this book, on a ferry between Scotland and Ireland, I was under the impression that it was more story than research. It took me a very long time to get through for this reason alone, but I learned a lot and will always have the memory of seeing the heirlooms in person :)
Nrr
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weird reading Scottish history from English perspective. There have to be a lot of guesses.
Alexandra
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Some parts really dragged, could do with fewer excerpts from letters
Angela
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
bogged down with too much informatiom
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