By Alison Weir
NEW YORK occasions BESTSELLER • NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months 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 steer 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 an incredible determine in Tudor England, but at the present time, whereas her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have completed big name prestige, she is essentially forgotten.
Margaret’s lifestyles used to be steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy—from her auspicious beginning 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 better halves. In an age while ladies have been anticipated to stick out of the political enviornment, appealing and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate some of 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 used to be 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 offers many lacking hyperlinks among the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on many years of study and myriad unique sources—including a lot of Margaret’s surviving letters—Alison Weir brings this beautiful personality out of the shadows and provides a powerful, able girl who operated successfully and fearlessly on the very optimum degrees of power.
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“This is a considerable, certain biography of a desirable lady who lived her amazing existence to the complete, taking determined probabilities 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 attitude, Weir bargains a blow-by-blow account of six a long time of palace intrigue. . . . Weir balances ancient facts with emotional hypothesis to light up the ferocious dynastic goals and may to strength that earned her topic a spot within the spotlight.”—The long island instances booklet Review
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Fifty six She had without doubt been being concerned how Lennox used to be faring at court docket. On January 17, Quadra suggested that William Rastell, one of many judges at Westminster, has secretly long gone to Flanders, which has triggered nice sensation right here. the reason for his going, even though it is publicly stated to be because of faith, i'm informed by means of a few of his buddies is to prevent signing an opinion which seven or 8 legal professionals are to provide at the succession to the crown, pointing out because it is suspected that there's no yes inheritor. All this can be to exclude the Scotch Queen and woman Margaret and claim that the choice of a king devolves upon the kingdom itself. i don't recognize even if it's precise that Rastell has fled for that reason, yet i'm rather certain that it's a scheme of Cecil and his acquaintances, as he himself has advised me a number of instances. The plan of having those legal professionals to signal the opinion is to ensure of them at a time once they won't dare to assert what they believe in order to not seem hooked up to the reason for the Queen of Scotland, girl Margaret, or the Catholic faith. What Quadra needed to document subsequent used to be ominous: although girl Margaret’s message lately to the Queen that she wanted to go to her, to which a really civil solution was once despatched, they've got arrested a servant of her husband, and feature started out complaints opposed to them [the Lennoxes]. i believe this needs to be in an effort to determine of my lady’s son a method or one other, as they definitely have cause to worry him seeing the big variety of adherents the early life has during this nation. fifty seven On January 28, Arran requested Randolph—hopefully, one imagines—if it used to be actual “that the Earl of Lennox and his girl are either installed ward. ”58 It was once now not. days later Randolph requested Cecil “what he had heard of the Earl of Lennox, of whom it used to be suggested that he was once despatched for to court docket. ” Cecil informed him that Lennox had come of his personal accord once he heard that Barr were arrested. He additional that the Council have been taking “no nice account” of Lennox, for Maitland believed that Mary wouldn't marry a person of Darnley’s age. fifty nine Mary was once then nineteen, 4 years older than Darnley. quickly Margaret had devastating information. On January 31, Quadra mentioned speak “that girl Margaret desires to marry her son to the Queen of Scotland, which has given upward thrust to a lot suspicion the following, and the Earl her husband has been arrested with 3 or 4 of his servants and others. ”60 Lennox used to be being held below residence arrest in Rolls apartment, Chancery Lane, the professional place of abode of Sir William Cordell, grasp of the Rolls. sixty one whilst kingdom prisoners have been being investigated or less than residence arrest, the Crown usually requested dependable, high-ranking matters to take cost of them. on the finish of January, Margaret was once anticipated in London day-by-day together with her sons. Elizabeth and her executive well-known her as a better risk than Lennox. Quadra said: The Queen needs to take this chance of having Parliament to claim that there's no definite inheritor to the crown, and giving her the ability of nominating whom she pleases to be triumphant her.