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"Stunning-informed, assured, and compulsively readable. Nicola Tallis gives us not only the story of how the Tudor dynasty began, but a sympathetic and convincing portrait of the flesh-and-blood woman who was its founding mother."―Sarah Gristwood, author of Game of Queens and Blood Sisters
"Impeccably researched and beautifully written, Nicola Tallis's latest biography is her best yet. She dispels the many myths surrounding Lady Margaret Beaufort and in their place creates an altogether more compelling portrayal of a woman of extraordinary courage, vision and passion. A must read."―Tracy Borman, author of The Private Lives of the Tudors and Elizabeth's Women
"A sensitive, well-rounded and moving portrayal of the woman who founded the Tudor dynasty."
―Michael Jones, author of The King's Mother
"Tallis is a zealous destroyer of myth... [She] deploys an extraordinary eye for detail in telling this story... Through this superb revisionist biography, Margaret Beaufort emerges as a fascinating and often surprisingly sympathetic matriarch."―The Times of London
"A fresh biography of the woman who ushered in the Tudor dynasty... For fans of British royal history, Tallis is a reliable guide, and the timeline and dramatis personae are highly useful. A deeply researched work that allows this historic personage to live and breathe."―Kirkus Reviews
"This clear, straightforward portrayal of Margaret Beaufort's complex world will appeal to fans of the Tudors and English history."―Booklist
"Margaret never officially held the title of queen. But as Nicola Tallis argues... she fulfilled the role in all but name, orchestrating her family's rise to power and overseeing the machinations of government upon her son's ascension."―Smithsonian --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
- Publication Date : July 28, 2020
- File Size : 4395 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 334 pages
- Publisher : Basic Books (July 28, 2020)
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07TW5FWV1
- Page Numbers Source ISBN : 1541617878
- Best Sellers Rank: #295,170 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The last third, after Henry is king, focuses heavily on her acquisitions, jewels, clothes a property. It becomes tedious. This book is for professional historians.
This book has been meticulously researched and it presented in a straightforward, unbiased, and factual way, but yet at the same time, it is easy to comprehend and devour.
Margaret Beaufort is one of my absolute favorite historical figures. When I first heard about this new biography, I immediately knew I had to read it, and I am so, so glad I did!
Ms. Tallis truly knows how to bring history to life. She writes in a way that reads like fiction, and this book flowed beautifully from start to finish. She seamlessly weaves in various primary and other secondary sources with her own voice, and the result is a well-rounded and exquisite biography. We learn about Margaret’s lineage, her early years, the birth of her son at the extremely young age of 13, her fighting to protect her son even when she was kept away from him, seeing Henry crowned King, her time as “My Lady the King’s Mother” what happened after Henry VII’s death as well as her own, and so much more.
So many historical figures feature in this biography: Henry VII, Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII, Katherine of Aragon, Edward IV, Elizabeth Wydville, Richard III, George, Duke of Clarence, Isabel Neville, Anne Neville, Warwick (the Kingmaker), among many others!
Margaret Beaufort was such a strong, brave, intelligent, and driven woman who survived The War of the Roses. A woman who was ahead of her times in many ways, Margaret was able to survive and protect her son against many odds. I am so glad her story is being told and brought to the forefront, for what an unbelievable story of perseverance, strength, love, and fight it is.
Thank you so much to NetGalley and Perseus Books, Basic Books for the ARC of this biography. I loved it! All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Margaret Beaufort's life was unusual from the early start, and I did admire the ways she fought against the misfortunes and worked hard to save her only child and later to bring him as close to the crown as possible. With success, naturally.
*Many thanks to Nicola Tallis, Perseus Books and NetGalley for arc in exchange for my honest review.*
Tallis sets off to give us a complete picture of a women who is often maligned and mischaracterized in novels, movies and tv shows. This is a deep dive into Margaret Beaufort's starting with her birth which made her an heiress through her four marriages including to Edmund Tudor (a man many years her senior and the father of her only child). To her motherhood and life under the reigns of Henry VI, Edward IV, and Richard III. The book cites several contemporary sources to aid Tallis' case that while Margaret Beaufort was ambitious and intelligent, she's not the villainess that certain novels portray her as.
I've long been interested in the Tudor Dynasty -- the comparatively short dynasty historically whose influence is still felt to this day. So when I had the opportunity to read this book, I jumped on it.
It's a nice complete read, albeit a bit dry, that follows Margaret through her life. The most interesting parts, I felt, related to how Margaret negotiated her own marriages and managed her own lands. The book does devote some time to the claim that Margaret was responsible for the deaths of the Princes in the Tower, Edward V and Richard.
In all, this is an interesting book and a must have for people who are really into Tudor history.
I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.