Very happy to see the release of a new book that discusses my favorite historic woman, Lady Margaret Beaufort. The author, Livi Michael, wrote a wonderful article about Margaret (which can be found here). In it, Michael echoes my thoughts about this mother of the Tudor dynasty, namely that Margaret may have been calculating, manipulative, and wily but the time and circumstances almost certainly forced her to be so. Instead of a victim, she became victorious, largely through her own actions and deep religious faith.
I have always been extremely frustrated by those historians and novelists, Philippa Gregory for one, who portray Margaret as the penultimate witch, probably (I assume) to heighten drama and attract an audience regardless of the historical accuracy. I feel that those representations don’t fully explain the woman, consider the times in which she lived or the obstacles she had to overcome. Boiling down this brave and loyal woman’s life into a cliché – as a vixen or a saint – do her and her legacy an injustice.
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I downloaded the book to my Kindle and am anxious to read and review here. If I’m able, I would love to host the author here for an interview. Stay tuned!
I am currently writing a two-book series where a modern history professor locates Lady Margaret’s Book of Hours and travels back in time to meet the lady on the eve of the Battle of Bosworth. I love the juxtaposition of a modern woman and a medieval woman, the differences but most importantly, the similarities. So Lady Margaret has been a source of constant fascination for me for the past few years. I’m always delighted when a new book is published that tries to represent her in a more thorough and considered context. This one is next on my list!
Amazon link for the book is here. The book was published June 26, 2014.