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By Alison Weir

NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE yr by way of THE self sustaining • From bestselling writer and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the 1st biography of Margaret Douglas, the gorgeous, crafty niece of Henry VIII of britain who used her sharp intelligence and covert strength to persuade the succession after the loss of life of Elizabeth I.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mom was once a queen, her father an earl, and she or he herself was once the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. girl Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, used to be a massive determine in Tudor England, but this present day, whereas her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have completed superstar prestige, she is essentially forgotten.
Margaret’s lifestyles used to be steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy—from her auspicious delivery in 1530 to her mom and dad’ sour divorce, from her ill-fated amorous affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for 4 of Henry’s six other halves. In an age whilst ladies have been anticipated to stick out of the political enviornment, eye-catching and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate probably the most infamous marriages of the 16th century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret defiantly warred with queens—Mary, and Elizabeth of England—and was once instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of britain for her grandson, James VI.
The lifetime of Margaret Douglas spans 5 reigns and gives many lacking hyperlinks among the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on a long time of analysis and myriad unique sources—including lots of Margaret’s surviving letters—Alison Weir brings this fascinating personality out of the shadows and provides a robust, able girl who operated successfully and fearlessly on the very optimum degrees of power.

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“This is a considerable, precise biography of a desirable girl who lived her striking lifestyles to the complete, taking determined percentages for romance and for ambition. it's going to entice somebody with an curiosity within the robust ladies of the Tudor period.”—Philippa Gregory, The Washington Post
“Tackling the family members from an unforeseen perspective, Weir deals a blow-by-blow account of six a long time of palace intrigue. . . . Weir balances historic facts with emotional hypothesis to light up the ferocious dynastic objectives and should to energy that earned her topic a spot within the spotlight.”The long island occasions publication Review

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Lallard too was once most likely a reluctant witness. Lallard had “confessed” to Bishop that he had long past to Scotland and spoken with Mary. Cecil recommended Bishop’s articles, and the Council approved them to be “published within the famous person Chamber, via authority, or by means of Statute. ”21 that very same day Cecil, having listened to Bishop’s past diatribe, and wishing to set up the Lennoxes’ monetary place and the way a long way they have been obligated to the Crown, had Bishop draw up an inventory of “Remembrances to respond to the Earl of Lennox for my girl his spouse. ” He left not anything out. “If the Earl and Countess, upon strait dealing with, could brag upon the covenants made with Henry VIII,” he started, Cecil should still solution that the govt. had fulfilled its duties less than the couple’s marriage treaty, and given the couple 100,000 crowns extra, yet Lennox had by no means saved his facet of the cut price. Margaret, Bishop mentioned, should still not make the most of Henry VIII’s cost: As Lennox’s spouse, and an English topic, she was once certain to continue the promise her husband had made by no means to “enter into any deepest bond” with a overseas strength, yet she had damaged that promise. Bishop asserted that Lennox “has had wrongfully from the Queen two hundred marks [£22,700] of land for those 17 years earlier. ” He expert Cecil that the Earl got 6,000 marks Scots (£51,000) in rents every year, which used to be extra in rents of assize than the Earls of Angus and Morton had among them. Bishop concept that, as Lennox had the similar sales of 3 Scottish earldoms, he may still give up Settrington to the Queen. He further that the Earl had no correct to pursue his declare to Scotland as he had surrendered “all correct and name” to Henry VIII. there has been extra, usually trivial and malicious, or issues that Cecil already knew. Margaret, Bishop claimed, had had a mortgage of �200 (£34,000), yet had handled it as a present. As a parting shot he insisted that she had “no correct to the earldom of Angus. ”22 — days later, on may possibly nine, within the presence of Cecil, William Forbes made a fourteen-point deposition—a assertion of witness testimony—which corroborated a lot of what Bishop had acknowledged. it truly is this that proves—if different evidence have been needed—that he were hired as a undercover agent within the Lennox loved ones, as the Council’s different informants—Yaxley, Lallard and Lacy—would make confessions to the Council instead of depositions. In her thesis on Lennox, Sarah Macauley has saw that the knowledge given by means of Forbes used to be in elements worded very equally to that laid by means of Bishop, and cites passages specifically. One refers to Margaret’s response on listening to that Queen Mary had back competently to Scotland. Bishop wrote: “She sat down and gave strong thank you, pointing out to these via how God had regularly most well liked that prince invariably. ” Forbes’s model is: “She sat herself down, held up her fingers, and gave God thank you for keeping the Scottish Queen, asserting how God preserved that Princess of all occasions. ” Bishop wrote in different places: “As for Queen Mary, she acknowledged the entire international knew that she was once lawful, and for herself she wanted not anything yet her correct, which she depended on to have someday.

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