Elizabeth Norton, author of many books on England’s queens, royal mistresses, and royal mothers, offers this biography of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII and the one, often overlooked person, who ensured the Tudor dynasty. Here, we see Margaret from cradle to grave, with descriptions of the great highs and enormous lows she suffered in the quest to see her son on the throne of England. A great heiress, Margaret married four times and took enormous risks to give her son a chance to obtain what she believed to be his destiny. Filled with detail and representing a more balanced view (and probably a more realistic one) than what Philippa Gregory offers in the “Red Queen”, Norton’s story is captivating and provides Margaret with the attention and credit she deserves as the main force behind the House of Tudor.
As I listened to the Audible version, the evidence behind many of Norton’s assertions (such as Margaret herself chose her third husband, Henry Stafford, after the death of Edmund Beaufort) were not clear but I think it refreshing to see a less dramatized, more balanced picture of a key historical woman. Analytical yet evenhanded, this is a solid read for those who want to push past the hype and consider the facts of this remarkable figure.
Amazon link for the book is here.