Daugther of a Queen, Mother of a King - never Queen herself,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: A Biography of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox,(1515-1578): Niece of Henry VIII and Mother-In-Law of Mary, Queen of Scots (Studies in British History, V. 62) (Gebundene Ausgabe)this line was orginally used for the princesses Clementine d' 0rleans (daughter of The King of the French and mother of the first King of Bulgaria )- could be used to describe as well the life of Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. Kimberley Schutte has published this first biography of the Countess who had been well known figure in her time, but nowadays seems to be more or less forgotten. She seemed to be just the niece of Henry VIII or the mother-in-law of Mary Queen of Scots. Therefore, this biography is in itself is a very valuable contribution to the studies of Tudor period. Step by step, Mrs. Schutte let emerge a life that was spend in the shadow of the crown. Margaret Douglas was one of these exceptional women of the Tudor dynasty - well-educated, strong willed, proud. In the uncertanties of the Tudor succession she had been a one of the claimants to the throne and could have become Queen of England and - as the wife of the Earl of Lennox - as well in Scotland. Her life was an up and down in royal favour, from being the first lady at court after the sovereign to several stays in the Tower. The blood royal determined her life.
Mrs. Schutte describes the Lady Margarte's life at the Tudor court and the dramatic changes from one reign to the other. Interesting to read was the relationship of Maragret Douglas and her daughter-in-law Mary Queen of Scots. While she first believed that the Queen was responsible for the death of her son, Lord Darnley, she was later on rather good terms with the then imprisoned Queen is hardly conceivable if she still believed her responsible for the death of her beloved son. On top of that,I found particuarly interesting Mrs. Schutte's views on the politics of religion.
However, less appealing is that Mrs. Schutte describes the attitude/views of Lady Maragret on developments as
"she must have" without any historical evidence that this was inded the case. I would have prefered that she pointed out that there is no evidence how she viewed the dramtic changes at court instead of presuming what she could/should have felt.
Still it is a very readable biography which closes a gap in one' s collection of Tudor biographies.
A Biography of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox,(1515-1578): Niece of Henry VIII and Mother-In-Law of Mary, Queen of Scots (Studies in British History, V. 62)(1 Kundenrezension)
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