Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots

Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots

The Life of King Henry VIII’s Sister

The troubled life of King Henry VIII's older sister, Margaret, Queen of Scots, during the tumultuous early years of the 16th Century.


Margaret Tudor was Henry VIII's older sister and became the Queen of Scotland after her marriage to James IV in 1503. Her life was troubled and fraught with tension. She was continually caught between her country of birth and the country she ruled. After James IV’s death, she made the disastrous decision to marry the Earl of Angus, threatening her regency and forcing the Scottish council to send for the Duke of Albany to rule in her stead. Over the years, Margaret’s allegiance swung between England and Scotland, making her brother Henry VIII both her ally and her enemy at times. Although Margaret wished for peace between the two countries, these were tumultuous years and she didn’t always make the wisest choices. Yet, all she did she did for her son James V, and her absolute conviction he would rule Scotland as its rightful king.


Margaret’s story starts off with a mundane feel, but the author, Sarah-Beth Watkins, reminds the reader that Margaret is a Tudor and so, of course, Margaret’s story is going to be full of drama—guaranteed! Watkins does not disappoint. She shows Margaret’s good intentions, poor taste in men, and exciting intrigue. At times, it is hard to side with our heroine, but the reader will feel sorry for her. But when all the shady characters and conspiracies meet, the reader is led to a satisfying finish and will conclude that Margaret was a remarkable woman, whose fight for her family’s future was worth it. ~ Sarah Patten,

Margaret’s life was very fascinating, and it is sad that she is mostly a forgotten woman in Tudor history. ~ Lauralee Jacks, History From A Woman's Perspective

Of all the Tudor children, Margaret is the I am the least familiar with. Always relegated to the shadows of her domineering brother and beautiful, but tragic sister, this feisty lightening bolt of a woman never seems to be given much thought in books about the period. In this little gem of a biography, she is finally given her due. Combining careful research with an engaging narrative style, Sarah-Beth Watkins takes the reader on a journey through the hardships and triumphs of this elusive Tudor woman. Watkins' thoughtful prose lends gravity to the heartbreak so prevalent in Margaret's life. I hadn't realized how much tragedy had befallen the queen until now. Never one to take these events lying down, Margaret's strength endures, as evidenced by the selected excerpts of primary sources woven throughout the book. These excerpts are perfectly chosen to move the narrative forward without bogging the reader down. The only thing that would make Margaret Tudor: Queen of Scots better is if it were longer. I so thoroughly enjoyed my time in 16th century Scotland, that I wasn't ready for it to end. Highly recommend! ~ Adrienne Dillard, Author of Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey and The Raven's Widow: A novel of Jane Boleyn

Praise for Sarah-Beth Watkins' companion title The Tudor Brandons: Impressively detailed research combined with a remarkable storytelling talent on the part of author Sarah-Beth Watkins,The Tudor Brandons is a consistently compelling and exceptionally informative read from beginning to end. ~ Midwest Book Review

Sarah-Beth Watkins
Sarah-Beth Watkins Sarah-Beth Watkins has been a freelance writer for over 20 years writing for magazines and websites, on a wide range of topics. She has writ...

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