February – Book of the Month

The Uncrowned Queen: The Fateful Life of Margaret Beaufort Tudor Matriarch by Nicola Tallis – Hardback £20.00

This book goes a long way to changing the reputation of Margaret Beaufort, mother of the first Tudor Monarch, Henry VII. Usually depicted as a cold, calculating, ruthless, albeit pious woman, Uncrowned Queen shows a different side to her character.

Having her son at only 13, Margaret soon developed a strong survival instinct and absolute devotion to her only child, and subsequently his family.

She is shown to be caring, clever, astute and courageous, but above all determined. Determined to do everything possible for her son.

Details from her accounts show her as generous to her family, and also a great benefactor to monasteries and also the poor.

Having had to submit to the House of York, for her own and her son’s safety, she was in fact always a loyal Lancastrian.

Eventually her determination bore fruit with the founding of the Tudor dynasty.

Anyone interested in the Tudors and how they came to the throne should definitely read this
fascinating insight into one of history’s most influential women.

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