The Thistle and the Rose (Tudor Saga, Bk 8)
The Thistle and the Rose - Tudor Saga, Bk 8 Author:Jean Plaidy From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret Tudor, whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII. — Princess Margaret Tudor is the greatest prize when her father, Henry VII, negotiates the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with neighboring Scot... more »land. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret's surprise, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, a man sixteen years her senior. But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last. When King James is struck down by the armies of Henry VIII, Margaret -- Princess of England, but Queen of Scotland -- finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, now King of the Scots. She decides to remain in Scotland and carve out her own destiny, surviving a scandalous second marriage and battling with both her son and her brother to the very end. Like all the Tudors, Margaret's life would be one of turmoil and controversy, but through her descendants, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, under one rule, and find peace.
Jean Plaidy was a pen-name of Eleanor Alice Burford Hibbert, who also wrote as Philippa Carr, Victoria Holt, and others.« less
I rather enjoyed this book. It was interesting to learn about Henry VIII's sister whom I knew little about. Margret is a strong and determined woman who makes some bad choices base on emotion. The book it self is well writen and easy to get into. I would recomend it to anyone who likes Tudor history.
Well-told tale of Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, sent to Scotland at age 12 to marry King James, a handsome devil she soons falls for. James turns out to be handsome, intelligent and charismatic, but not a faithful husband.
Enjoyable story of Margaret Tudor, older sister to Henry VII and wife of James IV of Scotland. I knew little about this woman and Plaidy crafted another engaging story that has me eager to learn more about Margaret.
I have read most of these books by Plaidy and this was my least favorite. It is not a very good story. Marriage, difficult pregnancy, husband cheating, then repeat all of this a few more times. Not a horrible book just not a favorite of mine.