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Publisher's Summary

From New York Times best-selling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Mary Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries - Anne Boleyn; Mary, Queen of Scots; Elizabeth I - have achieved celebrity status, she is largely forgotten. Margaret's life was steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy - from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents' bitter divorce, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry's six wives. In an age when women were expected to stay out of the political arena, alluring and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate one of the most notorious marriages of the 16th century: that of her son, Lord Darnley, to Mary, Queen of Scots.
Margaret defiantly warred with two queens - Mary, and Elizabeth of England - and was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI. The life of Margaret Douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties.
Drawing on decades of research and myriad original sources - including many of Margaret's surviving letters - Alison Weir brings this captivating character out of the shadows and presents a strong, capable woman who operated effectively and fearlessly at the very highest levels of power.
©2015 Alison Weir (P)2016 W. F. Howes
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1 out of 5 stars
By Kelly on 03-08-16

Interesting piece of history; but, Dull & Tedious.

I was Interested to learn more about Margaret Douglas - a character from the Tudor Age whom I have read too little about. However, the story drags and the narration is jarring. I really struggled to get through this book and in the end I didn't finish. In fact, I am submitting to audible to get back my credit.


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4 out of 5 stars
By joni p. on 02-10-16

Oh for crying out loud!! The poems......too much!!

If you could sum up The Lost Tudor Princess in three words, what would they be?

I love the background story of her, well done, typical Alison Weir, I learned a lot. The book started to go downhill FAST when she decided to put in a ton of poems/letters. They obviously speak differently then than we do now, and when read by the narrator start to drone on

Would you be willing to try another book from Alison Weir? Why or why not?

Yes, I love Alison Weir and because she is historically accurate it is a joy to listen to

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

ok, don't be dorky..........i'm not going to answer this question

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