Rosie’s #Bookreview of Plantagenet #HistoricalFiction The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort by @JudithArnopp #TuesdayBookBlog

The Beaufort Bride: Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor dynasty (The Beaufort Chronicles Book 1) by [Arnopp, Judith]The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort by Judith Arnopp

4.5 stars

The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort is book one of the Beaufort Chronicles of English historical fiction. Margaret would become the mother of Henry VII and grandmother to Henry VIII.

This story begins in the mid-15th century; we meet Margaret as a six-year-old child. These are dangerous political times; Henry VI suffers from bouts of insanity that would eventually be instrumental in the coming about of the Wars of the Roses.

After a failed first marriage, Margaret’s mother arranges her daughter’s second marriage, this time to Edmund Tudor. In our modern eyes, Margaret is a child bride; she is aged just twelve-years-old. By the age of thirteen, she is pregnant and living in Wales with her husband.

The author has woven an intriguing tale from the bare historical facts that are available from this era. Marriage and pregnancy at so young an age seems barbaric to our modern ears; although this was an accepted practice of the times, some thought she was far too young, even then. Margaret coped and survived impressively well.

This book ends soon after Margaret’s third marriage, but her story and influence over her son, the future King Henry, and her part in the resolution between the houses of York and Lancaster, continues in the next book of the series: The Beaufort Woman.

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Book description

As King Henry VI slips into insanity and the realm of England teeters on the brink of civil war, a child is married to the mad king’s brother. Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond, takes his child bride into Wales where she discovers a land of strife and strangers.
At Caldicot Castle and Lamphey Palace Margaret must put aside childhood, acquire the dignity of a Countess and, despite her tender years, produce Richmond with a son and heir.
While Edmund battles to restore the king’s peace, Margaret quietly supports his quest; but it is a quest fraught with danger.
As the friction between York and Lancaster intensifies 14-year-old Margaret, now widowed, turns for protection to her brother-in-law, Jasper Tudor. At his stronghold in Pembroke, two months after her husband’s death, Margaret gives birth to a son whom she names Henry, after her cousin the king.
Margaret is small of stature but her tiny frame conceals a fierce and loyal heart and a determination that will not falter until her son’s destiny as the king of England is secured.
The Beaufort Bride traces Margaret’s early years from her nursery days at Bletsoe Castle to the birth of her only son in 1457 at Pembroke Castle. Her story continues in Book Two: The Beaufort Woman.

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The Beaufort Bride: Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor dynasty (The Beaufort Chronicles Book 1) by [Arnopp, Judith]

3 thoughts on “Rosie’s #Bookreview of Plantagenet #HistoricalFiction The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort by @JudithArnopp #TuesdayBookBlog

    • You wait until you read Book 2, Rosie, it’s a different class from this one, as if she was hit with a magic writing stick!!! – Noelle, I adored this series (ahem, strictly speaking Plantagenet, not Tudor – Henry, her son, was the first Tudor monarch!). Would recommend all three books to anyone who loves the period!

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