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  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    As a teacher, I look for books like this to add to my classroom library. I think my students will really enjoy this, especially my girls who like reading about women in history. Granted, Anne may not be the strongest figure for them to read about, but she will give them another view of Tudor England. Although she will show them an example of a woman in history doing whatever it took to survive. I strongly recommend that Tudor history lovers pick up this one. ~ Serena Stone, Serena Stone's LiveJournal

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    This book was amazing. After recently discovering that I'm related to Anne (distantly of course) I have been devouring everything I could that told me anything about her and this by far was one of the better researched of the books about her. highly recommend this book! ~ Makenzie Erickson, NetGalley

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    As a massive fan of anything Tudor, I was absolutely delighted to be sent a pre release copy of this wonderful, wonderful account of the life of Anne of Cleves. I dove straight in and literally devoured the pages.

    Written by Sarah Beth Watkins, this easy to read book was a fab biography of the life of Anne of Cleves. My heart really felt for her, having to leave her home and all she knew, for a life in a strange country, not knowing the language, it must of been utterly terrifying. And that's without the knowledge of what had become of Henry's past wives!

    Although the marriage was used to create an alliance between England and Germany, Henry wasn't particularly taken with his new wife, which upset Anne when she was faced with the fact that her short marriage was coming to an end. Despite this she conformed to Henry's wishes and agreed on a divorce settlement which left her known as 'the kings beloved sister' and kept in high regards, she was free to live a very wealthy lifestyle and outlived the King. Unfortunately Anne faced financial difficulties towards the end of her life which must of been awfully hard for her.

    I particularly loved the illustrations in the book as well as the wonderful account of this very brave lady.

    Would recommend to any fan of history. Thank you so much to the author, publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read In return for an honest review. Five stars. ~ L. J., NetGalley

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Finally a book about about Anne of Cleves! Being married and divorced from Henry VIII is no easy task. Yet, even after his death, it would take strength to survive the turbulent and dangerous Tudor England. Sarah-Beth Watkins gives wonderful insight into the life of Henry VIII's fourth and underrated wife. ~ Sarah Patten, herstoryline.com

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Anne of Cleves left her homeland in 1539 to marry the king of England. She was not brought up to be a queen, yet out of many possible choices she was the bride Henry VIII chose as his fourth wife. But, from their first meeting the king decided he liked her not and sought an immediate divorce. After just six months their marriage was annulled, leaving Anne one of the wealthiest women in England. This is the story of Anne's marriage to Henry, how the daughter of Cleves survived him and her life afterwards.

    I am an admitted Tudor freak and Anne of Cleeves has always fascinated me as she took her “rejection” by Henry VIII and parlayed it into a better life. Why a better life? Well, he didn’t behead her for one thing or shame and exile her back to Cleeves or to the nether regions of England like he did his first wife. Yes, he did call her “The Mare of Flanders”, but she could cry into her bags of money instead of going out, finding a lover who loved her for her and losing her head over it.

    (A fun rhyme I made up to remember the wives by Divorce, Behead, Dead (her). Divorce, Behead Dead (him). Henry also had a thing for his wives having the same names: Catherine, Anne, Jane, Anne, Catherine, Catherine --- I remembered them in order with “Canadians are just all coffee crazy “. If you understood the Tim Horton’s obsession of my fellow countrymen, that is an easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy mnemonic to remember!)
    That aside, this book is wonderfully written and researched and does not read like a history textbook like many biographies than the be. A solid five stars and a hearty recommendation that it be a book club pick as it speaks so much about surviving rejection and making a better life as a result…take the money and run!!! ~ Janet Cousineau, NetGalley

  • The Tragic Daughters of Charles I
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Praise for Catherine of Braganza: Charles II’s Restoration Queen'...an interesting, straight forward and fast paced overview of the life of one of England’s less well known queens.' ~ Tamise Hill, www.ladyjanegrey.info

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Anne of Cleves is often glossed over by historians eager to reach the more 'juicy' story of Katherine Howard. Sarah-Beth Watkins' book restores Anne to her rightful place as one of Henry VIII's most fascinating and charming queens. ~ Dr Josephine Wilkinson, author of Mary Boleyn, Katherine Howard and The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Margaret Tudor is brought to life in this book. We are given a fascinating insight into the complex world of royal families and their strategic political planning. Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, is married to James IV at a very young age in order to foster good links with Scotland. The book appears to be extremely well researched. There is a lot of detail and many quotes from original letters and papers of the time. I found some of the detail made quite heavy reading occasionally, but on the whole I really enjoyed it.
    Margaret is often put in a very precarious position and this book explains how she negotiates her way through each problem she is faced with. She leans quite heavily on her brother for support and you get an idea of their relationship.

    ~ Jill Green-Morgan, NetGalley

  • Paradox of our National Security Complex, The
    Richard Alexander Otto
    This is a chilling and well-informed book. I regard it as a moral imperative to articulate such thoughts. ~ David Lorimer, Paradigm Explorer

  • Being British
    Chris Parish
    This is such a good look at the British and the past, present, and future. Paris has clearly done his homework and presents all his thoughts and points in a surprisingly enjoyable way. ~ Jessica Nipper, NetGalley

  • Anne of Cleves
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Praise for Sarah-Beth Watkins' recent book Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots: '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.' ~ Adrienne Dillard, author of Cor Rotto: A novel of Catherine Carey

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    I already knew a fair bit about Henry VIII, but I knew next to nothing about his older sister Margaret, who became Queen of Scots. This is a thoroughly researched, well-presented account of her life, which was surprisingly eventful and interesting.

    I found the writing style informative, but fairly easy to read, apart from the original correspondence texts. Having said that, those fragments of letters were fascinating in their own way, seeing how people communicated in the past.

    I would thoroughly recommend this biography to anyone interested in British history or ‘kings and queens’.
    ~ Lola Et La Vie, https://lolaetlavie.wordpress.com/2017/12/04/book-thoughts-margaret-tudor-queen-of-scots-sarah-beth-watkins/

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    This is the biographical story of King Henry VIII's lesser known older sister, Margaret Tudor, her rise to power as the Queen of Scotland and her continued struggles with being torn between England and Scotland. Ms. Watkins does a wonderful job of telling this woman's story. I was impressed at her ability to overcome tragedy, which entered her life in a number of instances from losing her children to early deaths to being betrayed by those closest to her. She is definitely one of those women who is strong willed and not afraid to go after what she wants. She was devoted to her son. I liked that the book wasn't overly bogged down with historical detail tangents that had little or nothing to do from Margaret, which you can sometimes find in these historical biographies. The author includes excerpts from letters written by the main character which helps portray her voice. I also enjoyed how the author ended the book by reminding the reader of Margaret's ultimate dream of uniting England and Scotland which was eventually achieved through her future family members after her death. If you're interested in the Tudor family, I recommend picking up this book. ~ Marissa Giles, GoodReads

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    A few months ago, I read a book by Sarah-Jane Watkins about Catherine of Braganza, which I really liked. So, when I saw Watkins had published another book, I jumped on the chance to read it. A Watkins book, a history of a woman and a lesser known at that? Right up my alley!

    Here, Watkins tells the life of Margaret Tudor, who was the sister of Henry VIII. The Tudors in general and Henry VIII in particular are a well-loved topic. I much prefer the Victorian period myself, although I do find the Tudors quite interesting. Tudor publications often deal with Henry and his wives, so I was quite pleased to learn about a lesser known figure.

    And learn I did. My only knowledge of Margaret Tudor before I read this book was the character played by Gabrielle Anwar in the TV show The Tudors, who is actually a mix of Margaret Tudor and her sister Mary Tudor, and isn’t exactly historically accurate. I do love the TV show despite its historically inaccuracies, it’s great fun.

    The book is quite short at 168 pages and the writing style is easy to read, so it is accessible to any reader. The text is enhanced by the addition of several letters written by or to Margaret, as well as a few pictures at the end of chapters. We’re also told at the end what happens to Margaret’s direct descendants. I found myself rooting for the characters, although it isn’t fiction, and was even getting annoyed at their decisions – the diplomacy of the time is very much similar to a soap opera…

    A recommended read! ~ Camille, Camille's Bookish Adventures

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    This is the biographical story of King Henry VIII's lesser known older sister, Margaret Tudor, her rise to power as the Queen of Scotland and her continued struggles with being torn between England and Scotland. Ms. Watkins does a wonderful job of telling this woman's story. I was impressed at her ability to overcome tragedy, which entered her life in a number of instances from losing her children to early deaths to being betrayed by those closest to her. She is definitely one of those women who is strong willed and not afraid to go after what she wants. She was devoted to her son. I liked that the book wasn't overly bogged down with historical detail tangents that had little or nothing to do from Margaret, which you can sometimes find in these historical biographies. The author includes excerpts from letters written by the main character which helps portray her voice. I also enjoyed how the author ended the book by reminding the reader of Margaret's ultimate dream of uniting England and Scotland which was eventually achieved through her future family members after her death. If you're interested in the Tudor family, I recommend picking up this book. ~ Marissa Giles, NetGalley

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    An intriguing historical account of the machinations of King Henry VIII and his attempt to join the countries of Scotland and England, using his sister Margaret. She married James IV and gave birth to the future James V, who she thought eventually would rule both England and Scotland together, but this never came to pass.
    Margaret came across, as both strong and vulnerable, especially in later years.
    Margaret is not as well known as her granddaughter Mary, but an important player in the lives of the Tudor dynasty.
    Recommended.

    ~ Eileen Hall, NetGally

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    An intelligent, well written and researched story of a forgotten Tudor Princess and a Scottish Queen. You think of Tudor England and that means Henry v111, and his six wives. Maybe you know about his brother Arthur,perhaps Mary, who married the French King, but poor Margaret, went to Scotland and became a lost Tudor. Although the book details many feminine details about her life,her love of court life,fine dresses and jewellery ,fine food and travels around the kingdom,which are delightful to read, Margaret quickly learnt the skills of diplomacy in her new role. Coming from a Protestant court to a Catholic country,she had to learn how to keep good relations with the English and her domineering brother Henry, and his letters of advice,her disloyal courtiers and following the death of her husband James 1v and her remarriage to Archibald Douglas,6th Earl of Arran,she had to keep the Scottish crown for her only son,James V. This was all against the threat of border raids from the English,the threat of invasion from France and the knowledge that her husband was unfaithful to her and plotted against her regency and his desire to take over that role for himself . She must have used all her feminine wiles to keep the peace for so long! I love Tudor history and take many long holidays in Scotland and mainly visit places connected with Mary,Queen of Scots. I know most of these places described in this book, but didn't know the connections between them and Margaret Tudor ,but did know that she was the grandmother of Mary,Queen of Scots. I think I will do a lot more exploring next year on my annual visits as she seemed such a strong and determined person,ready to sacrifice her health and reputation to see her son on the throne of Scotland. A most enjoyable read,it has really brought this forgotten Queen back to life. ~ Daphne Sharpe, GoodReads

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    I love Tudor romance fiction and this was an amazing journey! ~ Sheena Brown, NetGalley

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    I had never given Margaret Tudor much thought beyond being a sibling of Henry VIII. Watkins' biography reveals a colorful life as Queen of Scotland. She went on to marry two more times after her first husband's demise, and even procured a divorce from the second husband and wanted one from her third. The biography also illuminates her daughter's struggles with many of the same factions as Margaret herself. The story also details the complex relations among the Scots, English, and the French. ~ Janilyn Kocher , NetGalley

  • Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots
    Sarah-Beth Watkins
    Margaret Tudor, Henry VIII’s older sister, can be considered a forgotten Tudor. Henry and her wives are extremely popular and researched, her younger sister Mary is also known, but Margaret tends to be left out, which is a pity because her life was truly turbulent and interesting.

    Sarah-Beth Watkins's work is a short but well focused biography. Her writing style is nothing spectacular, but it is simple and accessible and makes for an easy read. The historical research is good; also, the author quotes several letters written by Margaret herself, and this gives an insight into her personality without making the read too arduous.

    Margaret was a determined and strong willed woman, devoted to her son, who had to learn to live in a very different country from the one she was born in. It is true she sometimes made unwise decisions, but she had to face many difficult situations, and often without allies. She had many admirable traits; and also a remarkable bad luck in love!

    I would recommend Sarah-Beth Watkins's book. It is a short but well constructed biography and it will serve you well if you are interested in this unjustly forgotten woman. ~ Elena Vivenzi , GoodReads

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