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The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (Tudor Saga Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Jean Plaidy
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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 Scotland. 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.


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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 Scotland. 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.

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  • File Size: 995 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0609810227
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (February 4, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B001RLBWW6
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65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE THISTLE OF SCOTLAND AND THE ROSE OF ENGLAND... February 8, 2004
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Jean Plaidy, also known as Victoria Holt to her legion of devoted fans, is a gifted and prolific writer of historical fiction. A masterful storyteller, Ms. Plaidy is known for seamlessly interweaving historical facts into a rich tapestry of fiction that is often spellbinding. Here, she writes about the beautiful Margaret Tudor, a princess of England, daughter of the parsimonious King Henry VII, and sister to the Tudor despot who would reign as King Henry VIII.
At the tender age of twelve, Princess Margaret was betrothed to the handsome and chivalrous King James IV of Scotland, who was sixteen years her senior. Her betrothal arose out of the Treaty of Perpetual Peace and was designed to bring about an end to the age old border wars between Scotland and England. Initially, Margaret viewed her forthcoming marriage with trepidation, only to find herself falling in love with her betrothed upon their first meeting. Theirs would be a love match, despite his philandering and siring of children outside their marriage. Unfortunately, their marriage did not have the intended effect upon the peace between Scotland and England, as King James IV courted the friendship of France, England's avowed enemy.
This put Margaret, now Queen of Scotland, in an awkward position. Her brother Henry VIII, now King of England, looked to Margaret to bring her husband back into the fold, but James IV had his own ideas and paid little heed to the advice of his wife. Consequently, Scotland waged war on England, only to be defeated at the battle of Flodden Field, by the army of King Henry VIII. There, King James IV was slain, and Margaret found herself widowed at a young age. Her baby son was crowned King James V of Scotland, and she was named Regent in accordance with her late husband's wishes.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Historical yet Entertaining February 29, 2004
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Prior to reading this book, Henry VIII's sister Margaret Tudor was an individual that I knew nothing about. It is easy to see why she has been overshadowed by the engaging history of her younger brother - but unjustly so. Married at 12 to a MUCH older man and sent away from her sheltered life to a strange country would frighten the best of young girls - not Margaret. She relished the idea of the adventure and the passion of a marriage she imagined would be perfect. The story also gives a wonderful depiction of James IV of Scotland - a likeable yet philandering man who I believed loved Margaret and his country...and just about any other pretty woman he ran across.
True to Tudor history, Margaret suffers the deaths of several children only to be widowed at a tender age and left as a foreign queen desperately seeking to keep her 17 month old son safe to one day become James V. Like her more famous brother, she, too,is ruled by nearly uncontrollable passion - though unlike her brother she longs for true love and the fidelity that her first husband was unable to provide.
Political turmoil, religious beliefs and the ever present recollection of her two uncles' mysterious disappearances from the Tower of London only add to her strife.
The author does an admirable job of bringing to life a woman who deserves a place in history along side her younger brother - only I believe a more honorable place.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Plaidy novel about the Tudors! January 28, 2004
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Princess Margaret Tudor was one of those pivotal figures of English history who most of us haven't read about. She was overshadowed by her brother, Henry VIII and her granddaughter, Mary, Queen of Scots, but Margaret's life is definitely worthy of a novel, or two.
Margaret was lucky--she married for love. At least, she fell in love with the handsome James IV of Scotland when she met him. He was older than her, but not too much older, and although he was a constant womanizer, their marriage was happy. Still, James was constantly at war with England, and Margaret was torn between her husband and her brother. The marriage never brought the peace it should have, and James died young, leaving Margaret with a baby son, the heir to the Scottish throne. Margaret went on to live a life that scandalized many--she married, and divorced, and married again, not unlike her famous older brother.
Jean Plaidy has been a favorite author of mine for many years because she tells the story of famous and not-so-famous women of history. Her novels about the Tudor family are among her best, and I'm glad to see that they've been brought back into print. I hope there will be more of them.
I also recommend Mary, Queen of France, which is about Margaret's younger sister, Mary Rose Tudor. It's another great read about the Tudor's.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plodding, sometimes dull, but educational October 7, 2004
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I found this book to be slow-moving and sometimes quite dull. Still, the historical information Plaidy has gathered in this novel makes it worth reading despite the plodding pace of the plot. Very little has been written about Henry VIII's sister Margaret, and I found the historical details of how a young noblewoman lived day-by-day and how she had to scheme and plot just to keep her children quite interesting.

Not on my Top 10 list, but educational. I'd recommend checking it out of your local library before I'd recommend buying it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Look at a Lesser-Known Tudor May 6, 2008
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This novel, told in the third person, picks up with Margaret in her early girlhood at Henry VII's court and ends with her death in Scotland after having given birth to two surviving children and married three husbands.

As I knew little about Margaret before reading this novel, I found it quite interesting. Margaret's first marriage ended when she was still quite young, leaving the widowed Margaret to choose first one unsuitable husband of lower rank, than another. I can't say that I found Margaret a particularly likable character, but Plaidy did do a good job of portraying the difficulties she faced from warring factions in Scotland, pressures from England and France, and her own stubborn nature. In some ways, Margaret reminded me of Mary, Queen of Scots, with the difference being that Margaret ultimately died in her bed.

One thing I did wish had been included in here was a genealogical table, not so much for the English characters but the Scottish ones. That aside, I found this to be an interesting introduction to Margaret, one that will have me on the outlook for nonfiction about her as well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Always great Jean Plaidy story.
Published 1 month ago by Joyce A. Chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful read
I enjoy all of Jean's books and this may be one of her best. If you like the history of Merry Ole England, you'll love this. I enjoy her series on the Tudors.
Published 4 months ago by Denise CS
2.0 out of 5 stars A queen who only found infidelity
One after another of Queen Margaret 's husbands were unfaithful. She was clearly moved by passion and made her decisions for marriage based upon lust which she mistook for love. Read more
Published 4 months ago by C Mauro
4.0 out of 5 stars good book
Love Jean Plaidy. She writes and researches historical fiction at it's best! Attempting to read all her historical fiction on Amazon.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The history was enjoyable
I find more pleasure reading historical accounts now, rather then sitting in Mr. D's class. I know they are embllished, but this story gives a good sense of Scottish life... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mom-Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this series of the Tudors!
I have always loved Jean Plaidy's books. I'm making my way through all of them on my kindle...this time I know they won't get sold at a garage sale, and I get to rediscover them... Read more
Published 7 months ago by SpringLilly
4.0 out of 5 stars Tragic story
The tragic story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland. The political intrigue and private anguish of royalty brought to vivid life.
Published 8 months ago by L. Fisette
5.0 out of 5 stars fascinating
As always Ms. Weir's research is painstaking and her prose is easily read. I find her books interesting and enjoyable. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Chaffin Parrish
2.0 out of 5 stars Someone different in the Tudor saga, but a little boring
I quit reading halfway through because I realized I was SO sick of the Tudors. Maybe if you can't get enough of them you would like this but I could only take so much. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Romance of Scotland
The story of Margaret, older sister of Henry VIII. This story touches on the history of Scotland of which I was woefully ignorant.
Published 11 months ago by Patricia C. Stendal
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