"Alison Weir is certainly one of our greatest renowned historians and one, furthermore, with a powerful scholarly pedigree in Tudor history." --Frank McLynn, Independent
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mom used to be a queen, her father an earl, and she or he herself was once the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. a few inspiration she might be queen of britain. She ranked excessive on the courtroom of her uncle, Henry VIII, and used to be girl of honour to 5 of his other halves. appealing and tempestuous, she created scandal, not only as soon as, yet two times, by means of falling in love with improper males. thankfully, the wedding prepared for her changed into a love fit.
Throughout her lifestyles her dynastic ties to 2 crowns proved damaging. A born political intriguer, she was once imprisoned within the Tower of London on 3 events, as soon as lower than sentence of loss of life. She helped to result in some of the most infamous royal marriages of the 16th century, however it introduced her simply tragedy. Her son and her husband have been brutally murdered, and there have been rumours that she herself used to be poisoned. She warred with queens, Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth of britain. A courageous survivor, she was once instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of britain for her grandson.
Her tale merits to be larger recognized. this is often the biography of a unprecedented lifestyles that spanned 5 Tudor reigns, a existence choked with intrigue, drama and tragedy.
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Extra resources for The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox
He depended on that the Queen may nonetheless help him and Margaret within the restoration of his lands in Scotland, contemplating how gracious her forebears had continually been to his spouse and himself, and the way ‘upright’ the Lennoxes were ‘from the start to this hour’. He prayed ‘that he may well recognize the offence of his servant’. sixty eight in accordance with Thomas Bishop, the soothsayer whom Margaret saved in her condo advised her, while Nesbit was once within the Tower, that the latter wouldn't reason hassle for her, yet that she may face a better difficulty but all will be good after all. Bishop asserted that she and Lennox didn't stop to assert ‘that they'd set all upon six and seven’69 – which means that they might threat every thing to accomplish their goals. On 15 January the Council defined to Lennox that Nesbit’s ‘strange behavior’ and the family tree that they had chanced on on him have been the explanations why he used to be within the Tower. They have been sorry that Nesbit’s ‘lewd dealing with’ of Lennox’s affairs were injurious to the Earl’s explanations, yet guaranteed him that they can now not have performed another way. 70 per week later Lennox answered that he in flip used to be sorry that his servant Nesbit’s behavior ‘should be the get together of his personal punishment and the challenge of his [own] suit’. mendacity in his the teeth, he guaranteed them that Nesbit’s project had completely involved Châtelherault, and wanted them, ‘as the negative guy has might be overshot himself in phrases, and contemplating the provider that he [Lennox] has performed to the Queen’s progenitors, that his servant might be set at liberty’. He additionally despatched ‘his wife’s commendations to their lordships, with thank you for his or her remembrance of her’. seventy one however the interrogation of Nesbit endured, and it really is transparent that he talked. On three February 1560 Quadra expert King Philip that the Queen herself had ordered Nesbit to inform the Council what Margaret had suggested him to claim to de Noailles. instantly, that they had him rearrested and despatched for his mistress. once she arrived at courtroom, Margaret herself used to be introduced earlier than the Council. She may purely say that, as she used to be the closest relative to the Queen of Scots and her husband was once subsequent in succession to the Scottish crown, she had despatched to beg Elizabeth to not favour Châtelherault or his sons, and never to go into right into a conflict with the French in this account, as she used to be yes that if the Queen of Scots have been to die with no sons, the French would definitely placed Margaret herself at the Scottish throne. As Elizabeth was once already below probability from the French in regard to Mary Stuart’s declare, the very last thing she might have desired to listen was once they'd one other claimant in brain, and the chance of a brand new French-backed executive in Edinburgh could were anathema to her. yet Quadra didn't think that Margaret had any treasonable intentions, and proposal that the interrogations of her and Nesbit have been all a part of a plot by way of the govt to discredit Catholics. ‘These individuals are cleverly ensuring of the entire Catholics of whom they've got any suspicion through summoning them hither on a variety of excuses.