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Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII's Sister

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  85 ratings  ·  51 reviews
When the thirteen year old Margaret Tudor, eldest daughter of Henry VII and his wife Elizabeth of York, married King James IV of Scotland in a magnificent proxy ceremony held at Richmond Palace in January 1503, no one could have guessed that this pretty, redheaded princess would go on to have a marital career as dramatic and chequered as that of her younger brother Henry V ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published December 21st 2018 by Pen and Sword History
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Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Not many books have been written about the life of Henry VII' s eldest daughter, Margaret, and she still remains very much in the shadow of her famous brother and grand-daughter. Being interested to learn more about Margaret, I requested this title even though Ms Clegg is an author unknown to me. She did a marvellous job, both regarding the research and her excellent writing style. Margaret Tudor is portrayed as a lady who was intelligent and brave although her life was not all a bed of roses, e ...more
Kirsty ❤️
Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've read so many books now on Henry VIII and the family that came before him that to read something about his sister was a welcome change. A fascinating study into a lesser known but important Tudor. You can see the level of research that has gone into this as there is so much information. I really enjoyed this slice of history
Rebecca Hill
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Tudor was born into a world of promise and wealth. As the oldest daughter of the reigning King of England, her prospects were very bright indeed. As she grew, she became a bargaining chip on the marriage market. During her youth, she would have been given some education, but women were not as highly educated as men - which was to come back to haunt her in later years.
After her marriage to King James of Scotland, she envisioned a long life as the reigning queen of Scotland. But aft
Dec 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Tudor History enthusiasts
Little is widely known about Margaret Tudor, unless it was directly tied to her brother, Henry VIII. However, this biography proves that Margaret's life was every bit as fascinating and dramatic as the life of her younger brother.

I must confess that I knew almost nothing about Margaret Tudor prior to reading this book. I often forgot about her existence entirely until her name came up in a book about Henry VIII... only to have her name fade from my mind again days later. My inability
Sharon Shakeshaft
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating book on the life of Henry VIII older sister, Margaret. The sisters of Henry are sadly overlooked but this book gives us a glimpse of the lengths which Margaret had to go to to ensure her son James became King of Scotland. She wasnt a politician or trained well for the role she carried out, but her tenacity at ensuring her sons succession seems to have taken over her life, to the exclusion of all else, apart from her apparent poor choices of two subsequent spouses, after her first hus ...more
Melisende d'Outremer
This time we begin with the accession of Henry VII, Margaret's father, to the throne of England, before moving onto Margaret's childhood and betrothal aged 7yo to the 23yo James IV of Scotland. In this tome, we are treated to a more indepth study of the Tudor court and household as a whole - and how certain events touched upon Margaret - so there is a lot on her siblings.

What did become evident, was how very similar the events surrounding her own betrothal and marriage mirrored those
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Most people are familiar with Henry VIII, if only because of his six wives. Fewer people are aware of Henry’s two sisters, Margaret and Mary. Margaret, the elder sister, was married to James IV of Scotland when she was only thirteen, and he thirty. Fortunately for Margaret, he treated her well, and given the constraints of royal marriage they were happy. Unfortunately for Margaret, her husband was killed at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, after they had been married for ten years.

Gayle Noble
A fascinating look at the life of Henry VIII's sister, Margaret. Now I absolutely love Tudor history but somehow Margaret had passed me by, thankfully this well researched book arrived to fill the knowledge gap. From her early life in the royal nursery, to her marriage to James IV of Scotland, until her death at a relatively young age, Margaret's life is drawn in detail.

I really enjoyed reading about her eventful life, although she seems to have been as successful in her married life as her gra
Jan 15, 2019 rated it liked it
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Interesting to read about a not often talked about member of the Tudor clan. I love the Tudor's, which is kind of a weird thing to say when you think about all the violence and cruelty attached to their years on the English throne, but maybe that's why I find them so fascinating. What does that say about me!?

It seemed like more of a glossing over of her life rather than an in-depth fully researched biography so I only gave it an average rating. It was quite readable though which was
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Margaret Tudor was one of Henry VIII sisters. She is often a sidenote in history, so it's refreshing to read a little more about her. Fascinating woman in history. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
To many babies that died, since my brother was born stillborn in 1988 i could not read anything about babies dying at birth.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I received this book for free on Negalley, but all thoughts are my own. I tend to read and research a lot about the Tudor family as I find the past of the monarchy interesting, with the Tudors and Queen Victoria being my favourites to learn about, but I have never read much about Margaret Tudor, and knew pretty much nothing about her except that she was the older sister of Henry VIII. She seemed to be a strong-willed woman, and this book really helped me learn a lot about her. Th
Lisa Schneider
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Who is not fascinated with the Tudors? I have read many books on Henry VIII and his wives, but never one on his sister, Margaret.

You would think the Queen of Scotland would like a opulent life, but that is not the life that Margaret Tudor lived. Her first husband died in the battle of Flodden and her subsequent husbands were atrocious. She fought to keep her son on the throne, through sadness and strife. She should have lived a glamour life, but most of her life was spent impoverished.

I really
Jun 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Margaret Tudor seems like a forgotten historical character. Overshadowed by her famous brother Henry VIII and younger, more beautiful sister Mary, she is pushed to the sidelines and rarely studied in detail. Melanie Clegg's biography of this neglected historical character brings Margaret vividly back to life. Clegg traces Margaret's life from the cradle to her grave , giving us readers a wonderful glimpse into the past. Margaret was a daughter, wife, sister and mother of kings and her life was t ...more
Heidi Malagisi
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
The children of King Henry VII and Elizabeth of York lived rather eventful and fascinating lives. We all know the stories of Prince Arthur, who tragically died, his younger brother Henry, who would become the notorious King Henry VIII, and Mary, who would become Queen of France and then marry the man she loved, Charles Brandon. The one sibling that many tend to forget about is Margaret Tudor, who would become the wife of King James IV and the mother of King James V and Margaret Douglas. Her love ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of biographies of Margaret Tudor, elder sister of Henry VIII and doubly ancestress of the Stuart dynasty of English kings (through both Mary Queen of Scots and her husband Lord Darnley), in the past and have tended to be very frustrated and confused by them, probably at least partly due to a lack of familiarity with the structure and political machinations of the Scottish court. It was a pleasure to read this latest book, which finally provided me with an engaging and easy-t ...more
Alyson Stone
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book: Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister
Author: Melanie Clegg
Rating: 5 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Pen and Sword History, for providing me with this ARC.

So, this is the second book about Margaret Tudor that I have read in the past couple of weeks. I was worried about getting burn out because that happens to me whenever I read books back to back on the same subject. It didn’t. I was very surprised about how much I really e
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Margaret Tudor is the little known older sister of Henry VIII. When she was thirteen, she married James IV of Scotland, who was sixteen years her senior and had sired many illegitimate children. Despite her husband’s flaws, Margaret was determined to make her marriage work. She eventually gave birth to a prince, who would become Scotland's future king.

However, James IV was not satisfied living in the comforts of his castle and began to seek a war with England. Opportunity came when Henry VIII
Samantha Morris
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I always enjoy reading about historical women who seem to be outshone by their male contemporaries, and Melanie Clegg has written a number of books on amazing historical women who deserve far more attention from historians. She has previously written books on Marie de Guise and Henrietta Anne and now has written a wonderful introduction to Margaret Tudor, sister of the infamous Henry VIII.

From the moment I picked this book up I found it incredibly easy to read – Clegg’s prose truly m
Dec 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to NetGalley and to he publishers for a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

The Tudors are an endlessly fascinating topic for fans of history. Perhaps it is only natural that a dynasty born out of 30 years of civil war would be anything but dull. Most books and screen media are devoted to the limelight hogging Henry VIII or Elizabeth I; their vastly different marital habits in particular. Once you’ve devoured everything about them it can be interesting to pay some attenti
Alannah Clarke
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Thank you to and the book's publishers, Pen and Sword History, specifically for granting my wish and allowing me to read this book.

I find the Tudors fascinating, but it's a period in which I had never gotten the chance to study. So I've turned to the likes of historical documentaries, biographies and historical fiction television, which always turns to be inaccurate for the sake of their storytelling. Despite knowing a lot about Henry VIII, his father, his mother, his
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book 6 Stars – I most certainly would. From the first sentence to the last sentence Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister – completely captured both my attention and imagination.

Meticulously researched and rich in detail, the author transports the reader back to sixteenth century England and Scotland – Margaret’s life was not as well documented as her infamous brother Henry VIII but through various sources such as letters and lists of Margaret’s clothing and posse
Ceelee Sunshine
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May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It has been a while since I read a history non fiction book. My degree is in History and I love the Tudor period so was thrilled to discover a new insight into the life of Margaret Tudor. She is the sister to Henry VIII who became the Queen of Scotland and whose great grandson was James I who united the two countries.
When I downloaded this book, I didn't actually know if this was fiction or non fiction. The narrative is very familiar and easy to read, unlike some of the history tomes I hav
Michelle Kidwell
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Tudor

The Life of Henry VIII’s Sister

by Melanie Clegg

Pen & Sword

Pen and Sword History

Biographies & Memoirs , History

Pub Date 30 Jan 2019

I am reviewing a copy of Margaret Tudor through Pen & Sword and Netgalley:

Margaret Tudor the eldest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth York was married to King James IV of Scotland in a beautiful proxy ceremony at Richmond Palace in January of 150
Emma's Things to Read
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Margaret Tudor is not someone I knew very much about as most of my knowledge of the Tudors is based around the English Court.
Like many royal women, Margaret is completely overshadowed by her more important male relatives, and the first part of the book follows this pattern. Until her marriage to King James of Scotland. Margaret's married life seems quite content aside from her grief at the death of her children.

Margaret really comes alive after the death of her husband. Her det
Jan 22, 2019 rated it liked it
This book provided a rare biographical glimpse into King Henry VIII's sister Margaret. In my reading experience, Margaret is typically portrayed as a supporting character in biographies of more major royal players, so it was nice to have her be featured in her own story. During her journey from England to Scotland, Ms. Clegg uses the opportunity to provide readers with a tour of Tudor England and Scotland. The author could have just stated that she left England on a certain date and arrived in S ...more
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Margaret Tudor: The Life of Henry VIII's Sister by Melanie Clegg is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late November.

Late 15th century etiquette, recreation, dining, and other daily activities that dot Margaret's childhood before being matched and married to extra-maritally dalliant James IV of Scotland at age 13. Older brother Henry VIII succeeded his father in 1509 at age 17, yet Margaret receives none of his inheritance. Around and including them, European countries are gradually building
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Out of all the Tudors, Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, is the one I know the least about. This biography provided a glimpse into the life of an often forgotten Tudor figure. Although Margaret was the oldest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, she was often overshadowed by her charismatic younger brother and beautiful sister.

Margaret Tudor by Melanie Clegg provides readers with an interesting overview of Margaret's life. Margaret rarely had it easy, after the death of her first husband

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My latest book, a biography of Henry VIII's sister Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland, was published by Pen and Sword in autumn 2018.

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