01/12/17 | By Sarah-Beth Watkins

This month sees the publication of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots by Sarah-Beth Watkins. Our author is taking part in the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway hosted by On the Tudor Trail. If you love all things Tudor check it out for a mega book giveaway. Sarah-Beth has a book bundle to give away on the 9th December and has written a guest post on Margaret Tudor at Christmas.

Of all the Tudor children, Margaret is the I am the least familiar with. Always relegated to the shadows of her domineering brother and beautiful, but tragic sister, this feisty lightening bolt of a woman never seems to be given much thought in books about the period. In this little gem of a biography, she is finally given her due. Combining careful research with an engaging narrative style, Sarah-Beth Watkins takes the reader on a journey through the hardships and triumphs of this elusive Tudor woman.

Watkins' thoughtful prose lends gravity to the heartbreak so prevalent in Margaret's life. I hadn't realized how much tragedy had befallen the queen until now. Never one to take these events lying down, Margaret's strength endures, as evidenced by the selected excerpts of primary sources woven throughout the book. These excerpts are perfectly chosen to move the narrative forward without bogging the reader down.

The only thing that would make Margaret Tudor: Queen of Scots better is if it were longer. I so thoroughly enjoyed my time in 16th century Scotland, that I wasn't ready for it to end. Highly recommend!

Adrienne Dillard | Author of Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey and The Raven's Widow: A novel of Jane Boleyn


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