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Reviewed by Colleen Turner
Being a huge fan of Tudor historical fiction, I am always pleasantly surprised when an author can bring to my attention a previously little known person from this much discussed sphere. This is exactly what D.L. Bogdan has done in The Forgotten Queen, giving voice to the lesser discussed sibling of Henry VIII, Margaret Tudor. With the trademark pride and stubbornness of the Tudors, Margaret worked tirelessly as a Princess of England and Queen of Scotland to bring her two countries together in peace, something never done before.
Born the oldest daughter of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York, Margaret grew up knowing she was meant to be a Queen. Willful and feisty as she was, she was little prepared for this eventuality, however, when at the tender age of 13 she was sent to her new country of Scotland as Queen to the 30 year old King James IV. While she grows and learns to become a true woman and ruler under his loving eyes, she also learns quickly that a loving husband does not mean a faithful one.
When her Jamie dies in battle Margaret is beyond bereft. Pregnant and far from her family or anyone she feels she can truly trust in the wilds of Scotland, Margaret’s fight is just beginning. She must plan, cajole and balance the wants and needs of the many men surrounding her to keep her son, the infant James V, on his throne with her as regent. Through two more marriages, neither of which give her the love and faithfulness she has always sought, and highs and lows beyond compare, Margaret will keep her son’s throne secure even when she is removed as regent and constantly thrust in the background of the young king’s life and reign. Ever the Tudor, Margaret will let no one get rid of her, however, and it is through her formidable nature and endless drive that the future of both Scotland and England are forever changed.
Ms. Bogdan’s Margaret is somehow very relatable and very unique at the same time. Having a seemingly endless string of babies born that die young, three husbands that are all unfaithful to her and a deep seeded want for a more normal life with a loving husband and happy, healthy children, it is hard not to feel compassion for this woman that seems to want what so many of us want in our own lives. She is at the same time extravagant, selfish and self loathing in turns, making her a very real, very complex character. She makes me think of a soft sort of metal, bendable but never breaking.
Having previously only vaguely known of Margaret as the grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots, it was wonderful getting to know her as so much more: a wife, a mother, a Queen, a champion of both England and Scotland. The Forgotten Queen ensures that she will now be anything but forgotten to me.
About the author
D.L. Bogdan is an ongoing student of history, musician, and avid reader who enjoys travel, the outdoors, and time with her family and friends. She is a proud wife and mother who makes her home in central Wisconsin. She is the author of Secrets of the Tudor Court, Rivals in the Tudor Court and The Sumerton Women (see our review).
Colleen lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband, son, their dog Oliver and their fish Finn. When not working or taking care of her family she has her nose stuck in a book (and, let’s face it, often when she is working or taking care of her family as well). Nothing excites her more than discovering a new author to obsess over or a hidden jewel of a book to worship.
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