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The captivating life of Margaret Douglas - a life of scandal, political intrigue and royal romance that spanned five Tudor reigns.

‘Alison Weir's sound scholarship and storyteller's gift for rich, telling detail constantly engages and enthrals the reader’ The Times
The captivating life of Margaret Douglas - a life of scandal, political intrigue and royal romance that spanned five Tudor reigns.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Some thought Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, should be queen of England.

She ranked high at the court of her uncle, Henry VIII, and was lady of honour to five of his wives. Beautiful and tempestuous, she created scandal - twice - by falling in love with unsuitable men.

Throughout her life her dynastic ties to two crowns proved hazardous. A born political intriguer, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London three times, once under sentence of death. Her husband and son were brutally murdered, she warred with two queens, and proved instrumental in securing the Stuart succession to the throne of England for her grandson.

Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas's captivating character out of the shadows for the first time.


With a fine eye for period detail, Weir chronicles the romances, scandals and intrigues that saw five Tudor reigns.


Alison Weir has done us a favor by reviving the story of this extraordinary woman… This is a substantial, detailed biography of a fascinating woman who lived her extraordinary life to the full.

Phillippa Gregory, Washington Post on Sunday

Weir balances historical data with emotional speculation to illuminate the ferocious dynastic ambitions and will to power that earned her subject a place in the spotlight.

The New York Times

A magnificent and thorough study by a sharp historian.

Julia Richardson, Daily Mail

A fine writer with a wonderful gift for description

Literary Review

A refreshing perspective on an otherwise unfamiliar period of British history

The Times

Weir brings this astonishing and wild woman to glorious life.

Kate Williams, Metro

I thought I knew the Tudors, but Weir manages, delightfully, to spring a string of surprises.

Sarah Gristwood, BBC History Magazine

Casts a fascinating light on one of the key characters of the Tudor age.

Chris Skidmore, BBC History Magazine

The reliably readable Alison Weir shines a spotlight upon the life of Margaret Douglas… [and] captures a lifetime spanning five Tudor reigns.

Charlotte Heathcote, Daily Express

Weir’s lucidly written biography pays attention to seemingly every detail of Lady Margaret’s life… A worthy contribution to an enduringly popular genre of viewing history.

Elizabeth Bonner, Times Literary Supplement

Alison Weir brings Margaret Douglas’s captivating character out of the shadows.

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    May 2, 2016


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    October 1, 2015

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