The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan
Format: Paperback ARC, 384 pages
First line: It began with smoke.
Synopsis: 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, he is not a faithful one. And nothing can guarantee Margaret’s safety when Jamie leads an army against her own brother, Henry VIII. In the wake of loss she falls prey to an ambitious earl and brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal and secret alliances, Margaret has one aim—to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost…
My thoughts: I love all things Tudors and so when I heard D.L. Bogdan had written a book about one of them, I jumped at the opportunity to be part of her blog tour. I was especially excited since it was a book about Margaret Tudor who I was not all that familiar with. I've read quite a bit about Henry VIII, his many wives, and his children Mary and Elizabeth, but nothing about Margaret.
Margaret is Henry VIII's sister, who married James, the King of Scotland. Sent away to Scotland at a relatively young age, she is told by her father, King Henry VII, to always remember that she is a Tudor first and the Queen to Scotland second. As we get to know Margaret, we find that what she wants most in life is to find love, especially after having had so much loss in her life - her mother, her brother Arthur, her other siblings who died as infants, and even her husband. Once James dies, her son is crowned King Regent of Scotland and even though she needs to fight for his right to the crown, she gets caught up in her own affairs when love is presented to her again. As fiercely as she fights for her son's rights, she fights to be loved for herself.
DL Bogdan writes Margaret in such a way that she is both easily liked and easily disliked. She is at times a smart, intelligent woman who knows what needs to be done but at other times, she is extremely selfish. I also enjoyed the snippets we got of Henry VIII and how he was all about himself and his power. He loved his family, but he loved his power more.
This is the second book I've read by D.L. Bogdan and I found myself once again captivated by the story she tells. I will certainly be going back to read more of her work, as well as looking for other books on Margaret Tudor. Have you read anything else on this lesser known Tudor sister?
About the author: D.L. Bogdan is an ongoing student of history, musician, and avid reader who enjoys travel, the outdoors, and time with her family and friends. She is a proud wife and mother who makes her home in central Wisconsin. She is the author of Secrets of the Tudor Court, Rivals in the Tudor Court and The Sumerton Women.
For more information on D.L. Bogdan and her novels, please visit her WEBSITE. You can also find her on FACEBOOK and TWITTER.
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I received a complimentary copy of The Forgotten Queen by D.L. Bogdan from Amy at Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
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