The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

"Alison Weir is considered one of our greatest well known historians and one, furthermore, with a magnificent scholarly pedigree in Tudor history." --Frank McLynn, Independent

Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mom was once a queen, her father an earl, and he or she herself was once the granddaughter, niece, cousin and grandmother of monarchs. a few notion she might be queen of britain. She ranked excessive on the courtroom of her uncle, Henry VIII, and was once woman 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 became a love fit.

Throughout her existence her dynastic ties to 2 crowns proved detrimental. A born political intriguer, she was once imprisoned within the Tower of London on 3 events, as soon as lower than sentence of dying. She helped to result in the most infamous royal marriages of the 16th century, however it introduced her purely tragedy. Her son and her husband have been brutally murdered, and there have been rumours that she herself was once poisoned. She warred with queens, Mary of Scotland and Elizabeth of britain. A courageous survivor, she used to be instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of britain for her grandson.

Her tale merits to be greater recognized. this is often the biography of a rare lifestyles that spanned 5 Tudor reigns, a existence jam-packed with intrigue, drama and tragedy.

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Eleven woman Katherine Gordon, a kinswoman of James IV of Scots, and previous spouse of the Yorkist pretender, Perkin Warbeck, had served Mary as leader woman of her privy chamber from 1525 to 1530, and Margaret changed her. 12 On 14 December 1530, most likely in attention of her new function within the Princess Mary’s loved ones, the King paid for extra garments for Margaret: robes of purple velvet coated with fabric of gold and black velvet covered with an analogous, a nightgown of Turkey satin furred with black coney, one kirtle of red velvet, one other with sleeves of black velvet, a black textile cloak with black satin vents, a partlet of red satin, habiliments (trappings or ornamentation on court docket gown, most likely borders for edging necklines or hoods) of black velvet and red velvet, rails (lawn night-shifts), kerchiefs, smocks, and French hoods of black velvet. This cloth wardrobe rate him £96. 17s. ¼d. (£31,200). reliable black dyes being high priced, black used to be a high-status color and consequently a lot favoured via these of excessive rank; it additionally afforded a dramatic history for wealthy jewelry. Henry paid the wages of Margaret’s gentlewomen and a male servant, and supplied the gentlewomen with robes of tawny camlet covered with tawny velvet, kirtles and sleeves of worsted and tawny velvet, robes of black fabric with sleeves coated with tawny velvet, and velvet partlets coated with sarcanet. thirteen That Christmas, at Greenwich Palace, he gave Margaret a present of £6. 13s. 4d. (£2,150). 14 Early in 1531 Henry VIII demanded that Parliament and the clergy recognize him as excellent head of the Church of britain. Already he had decided to damage with Rome. That summer time he eventually separated from Katherine of Aragon – using off with Anne Boleyn from Windsor with out a note of farewell – and the deserted Queen, who was once to take care of until her loss of life that her marriage used to be lawful, was once despatched clear of courtroom to a succession of more and more bleak homes. After 1532 she and her daughter Mary may by no means back be allowed to fulfill. Mary used to be despatched to Richmond, with Margaret in her educate because the leader woman of the Princess’s privy chamber, her own loved ones. 15 The King, who had no longer but fallen out together with his daughter as a result of her aid for her mom, may perhaps have felt that the corporate of a royal cousin of her personal age would offer a welcome diversion for Mary at the present. On 21 October 1531 the King settled money owed for extra garments for Margaret, and paid for the costs of her gentlewomen and a servant,16 and at the twenty sixth, at Waltham Abbey, whilst ordering textile and liveries for Mary’s family, he supplied Margaret with a lavish new dresser acceptable to her royal prestige and her rank within the Princess’s privy chamber, issuing a warrant to Andrew, Lord Windsor, Keeper of the nice dresser, to bring to ‘Lady Margaret, daughter of the Queen of Scots’, luxurious robes of tinsel (taffeta), black damask and black velvet, the latter furred with powdered ermine; kirtles and sleeves of pink satin, black velvet and black satin; purple and white satin for making partlets, six garden partlets, and black velvet and pink satin for habiliments.

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