So high a blood : the story of Margaret Douglas, the Tudor that time forgot / Morgan Ring.
- First U.S. edition
- New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2017.
xvii, 341 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
- Lennox, Margaret Douglas, Countess of, 1515-1578.
Lennox, Margaret Douglas, Countess of, 1515-1578.
Countesses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- History -- 16th century.
Great Britain -- History -- Henry VIII, 1509-1547.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical.
Courts and courtiers
- Childrens subjects:
- Countesses -- Great Britain -- Biography.
- "Niece to Henry VIII, heir to the throne, courtier at risk of being killed, spy-mistress, and ambitious political player, Lady Margaret Douglas is a vital new character in the Tudor story. Amidst the Christmas revels of 1530, a fifteen-year-old girl arrived at the court of King Henry VIII. Half-English, half-Scottish, she was his niece, the Lady Margaret Douglas. For the next fifty years, Margaret held a unique and precarious position at the courts of Henry and his children. As the Protestant Reformations unfolded across the British Isles and the Tudor monarchs struggled to produce heirs, she had ambitions of her own. She wanted to see her family ruling a united, Catholic Britain. Through a Machiavellian combination of daring, spying, and luck, Margaret made her son into a suitor to her niece Mary, Queen of Scots. Together, they had a powerful claim to the English throne--so powerful that Queen Elizabeth I feared they would overthrow her and restore both England and Scotland to the Catholic faith. The marriage cost Margaret her position, her freedom, and her beloved son's life. From the glittering Tudor court to the Tower of London, Lady Margaret Douglas weathered triumphs and tragedies in an era of tremendous change. Yet she never lost hope that she would see her family rule throughout the British Isles, which eventually happened when King James (I of England, VI of Scotland) united the crowns in 1603. Drawing on previously unexamined archival sources, So High a Blood presents a fascinating and dramatic portrait of this forgotten Tudor." -- Publisher's description
- Preface: Locket
Part one. Thy promise was to love me best
"O come ye in peace here, or come ye in war?"
The King's niece
So high a blood
These worldly storms
The third time
Part two. This woman and her son
Idols and images
Best suited to succeed
Countess of Angus
Spoilt children of the Devil
The Bishop and the hawk
The time of our trouble
Running at the ring
A son lost
Part three. What we resolve
The Lady Regent
A lone woman
Watches and dials
Epilogue: King Henry's chapel.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-323) and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Class of 1953 Fund.
- Class of 1953 Fund.
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