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The Tudor princess

Darcey Bonnette has written several books about the Tudors, her latest about Margaret Tudor, Henry v111’s sister arrived at Leeds Libraries this week.

The Tudor princess by Darcey Bonnette

As daughter of Henry VII, Margaret Tudor’s duty is to gain alliances for England. Barely out of girlhood, Margaret is married by proxy to James IV and while Jamie is an affectionate husband, he is not a faithful one and providing an heir cannot guarantee Margaret’s safety when Jamie leads an invading army against her own brother, Henry VIII.

In the wake of tragic loss she falls prey to the attentions of the ambitious Earl of Angus – a move that brings Scotland to the brink of anarchy. Beset by betrayal, secret alliances, and the vagaries of her own heart, Margaret has one overriding ambition – to preserve the crown of Scotland for her son, no matter what the cost

If you like it, Darcey Bonnette’s other titles are –

Secrets of the Tudor Court

Rivals of the Tudor Court

Betryal in the Tudor Court

The creation of Anne Boleyn. New book for Tudor lovers

image-medium (18)The Creation of Anne Boleyn: In Search of the Tudors’ Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo attempts to define the ‘real’ Anne.

The author charts the journey of the woman who has become one of history’s most iconic femmes fatales. – acknowledging her own “obsession”.  She expresses indignation / frustration at the way her subject has been misrepresented and maligned. In fact, she decries authors and historians who, she says, mix fact and fantasy in lurid accounts e.g the television historian David Starkey, who calls himself a “self-confessed, all-purpose media tart”; Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl,doesn’t apply the historical rigour she lays clain to and Mantel, (Bring up the Bodies writes well but presents an “old, one-sided, extremist view of Boleyn” as a wily “schemer”.

The book is an interesting reappraisal of representations of Anne but limited surviving evidence means a lot isn’t really known about her rise and fall, so nothing definitive can be stated about a lot of it. Interesting for Tudor history lovers though!