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  1. Samantha Samantha says:

    Historic facts not treated as spoilers Margaret Beaufort is known for being the formidable mother of Henry Tudor, but what was she before war and hardship turned her into the cold, angular woman we picture when we think of her Arnopp does an excellent job of answering that question with this story covering Margaret s earliest years Though the story ends when Margaret is only thirteen, she has already become a widowed mother with an unknown future lurking before of her.Young Margaret is a gir Historic facts not treated as spoilers Margaret Beaufort is known for being the formidable mother of Henry Tudor, but what was she before war and hardship turned her into the cold, angular woman we picture when we think of her Arnopp does an excellent job of answering that question with this story covering Margaret s earliest years Though the story ends when Margaret is only thirteen, she has already become a widowed mother with an unknown future lurking before of her.Young Margaret is a girl we can each sympathize with, whether we understand her feelings of never being as beautiful as her sister or knowing she is not truly loved by her mother When she is married off at a painfully early age, I cringed at what I knew was coming for her Yet, the author also creates an Edmund Tudor we can understand How can we admire a man who claimed his marriage privileges with his twelve year old wife Well, just read it You, too, might surprise yourself by shedding a tear when Edmund meets his tragic end.Part of the secret is the skillful way Arnopp slowly builds a relationship between Margaret and Edmund This is so sensitively and realistically done that theirs becomes an unlikely love story However, the seeds for Margaret s future sternness are also planted No one goes through what she did without starting to form a crusty shell, and her devotion to her only child is well established.I look forward to reading the rest of this series and was happy to find it available through Kindle Unlimited


  2. Bookish Ally Bookish Ally says:

    This gets an immediate ding for being too short I know it s part of a trilogy but I think it was ended at an odd time That being said I will still give it sparkling stars for readability without compromising or sacrificing good historical information for the sake of a better storyI hadn t read anything by Judith Arnopp and the cover art fell flat for me, but as this is the genre and era I prefer, and, having snuck a peek into the book to be certain it would be to my taste I launched in Detai This gets an immediate ding for being too short I know it s part of a trilogy but I think it was ended at an odd time That being said I will still give it sparkling stars for readability without compromising or sacrificing good historical information for the sake of a better storyI hadn t read anything by Judith Arnopp and the cover art fell flat for me, but as this is the genre and era I prefer, and, having snuck a peek into the book to be certain it would be to my taste I launched in Detailing the years of Margaret Beaufort s marriage AT 12 and her first pregnancy AT 12 it certainly gives us a lot of insight into the woman who would become the mother and power behind the throne to Henry VII Looking forward to her other work


  3. Mary Yarde Mary Yarde says:

    When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me 1 Corinthians 13 11 The bells ring out in celebration, but Lady Margaret can only think of all the things that she is losing At twelve years old she is no longer a child, but a wife to King Henry s half brother Edmund, Earl of Richmond Marriage to Edmund has secured Margaret s future, but Margaret cannot help but fear that their marriage wi When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me 1 Corinthians 13 11 The bells ring out in celebration, but Lady Margaret can only think of all the things that she is losing At twelve years old she is no longer a child, but a wife to King Henry s half brother Edmund, Earl of Richmond Marriage to Edmund has secured Margaret s future, but Margaret cannot help but fear that their marriage will not be a happy one, for he is formidable and so much older than she is.Forced to put her childish ways behind her, Margaret is determined to make the most of her position as the Countess of Richmond However, her husband is eager for an heir Margaret, despite her young years, has no choice but to obey Edmund in everything In a strange foreign land, far away from her family, Margaret turns to God for reassurance and comfort.From the comforting nursery at Bletsoe Castle to the cold and formidable fortress of Jasper Tudor s stronghold in Pembrokeshire, The Beaufort Bride The Life of Margaret Beaufort Beaufort Chronicles 1 by Judith Arnopp is a beautifully presented and wonderfully compelling story of Lady Margaret Beaufort s early years.Margaret is portrayed as a conscientious student who has a vivid, if somewhat frightening, imagination She also has all the makings of a powerful and determined young woman The stage is set for the story of one woman s resolve to see her son crowned King.To write in the first person from the perspective of a young child is notoriously difficult to do well However, Ms Arnopp has cleverly crafted a character whose innocence and lack of understanding as to why she has to marry when she is still in the nursery, shines from the pages as elegantly as the illumination in the Book of Hours.Margaret is often painted as a rather cold and God fearing woman, whose cunning and manipulation made way for her son to take the throne Yet, in Mrs Arnopp s portrayal, Margaret is very much an innocent who inspires a great deal of sympathy, but also admiration My heart went out to her on many occasions, and although there are hints of the God fearing woman, Margaret was later to become, there was also a tender and vulnerable side to her Nevertheless, even as a young child, Margaret knows who she is She is a Lancastrian, and will always be loyal to her House.Ms Arnopp has kept close to the documented history of the time If you already know Margaret s story, then you will find no glaring inaccuracies in this book What Ms Arnopp has done is breathe fresh life into the world that Margaret lived and the people who shared it with her The Beaufort Bride The Life of Margaret Beaufort is a story I would willingly get lost in time and again.I Highly Recommend.Review by Mary Anne YardeThe Coffee Pot Book Club


  4. Carole P. Roman Carole P. Roman says:

    Really interesting and well written story about young Margaret Beaufort and her first and second marriages the first when she was six and quickly annulled, the second to the king s brother, Edmund Tudor Arnopp develops her characters with realism and depth, and the historical novel depicts their power marriage and the budding relationship between the two.Margaret is a serious girl who understand her weighty position in regard to the English throne, as well as the responsibly of being a wife S Really interesting and well written story about young Margaret Beaufort and her first and second marriages the first when she was six and quickly annulled, the second to the king s brother, Edmund Tudor Arnopp develops her characters with realism and depth, and the historical novel depicts their power marriage and the budding relationship between the two.Margaret is a serious girl who understand her weighty position in regard to the English throne, as well as the responsibly of being a wife She is married to Henry IV brother in the hope to provide a spare heir should the Kings marriage turn out to be unfruitful In order to gain her enormous inheritance, Edmund needs an heir, and although Margaret is littlethan a child, he goes against conventions of the day and they conceive.Arnop takes two reluctant lovers and builds a slow romance While the first part devoted to her youth felt hurried and superficial, shethan made up for it with the latter part Margaret s arc of growing from child to wife was tender, her relationship with Edmund just as sweet Edmund s change from taciturn spouse to tenderhearted husband was equally endearing Then reality intrudes and Margaret must face harsh situations, Edmund s premature death and the brutal birth of her son Arnop captures the flavor of the times, making historical figures come to life and giving us a rare walk in their shoes Can t wait for the next one


  5. Catherine Meyrick Catherine Meyrick says:

    Lady Margaret Beaufort, an heiress of the house of Lancaster, was the mother of Henry VII, the first Tudor king of England She is now generally seen in the popular imagination as an austere scheming woman, politically ruthless and a religious fanatic Margaret was the daughter and sole heiress of John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset She was married at the age of twelve in 1455 to 24 year old Edmund Tudor, half brother to the king, Henry VI At this time the civil wars later known as the Wars of Lady Margaret Beaufort, an heiress of the house of Lancaster, was the mother of Henry VII, the first Tudor king of England She is now generally seen in the popular imagination as an austere scheming woman, politically ruthless and a religious fanatic Margaret was the daughter and sole heiress of John Beaufort, 1st Duke of Somerset She was married at the age of twelve in 1455 to 24 year old Edmund Tudor, half brother to the king, Henry VI At this time the civil wars later known as the Wars of the Roses began Edmund, a supporter of the House of Lancaster, was imprisoned by Yorkist forces the year after their marriage and died of plague, leaving thirteen year old Margaret widowed and seven months pregnant.In The Beaufort Bride, Judith Arnopp imagines Margaret s life from the age of six ,when she was living with her mother and half siblings at Bletsoe Castle Bedfordshire, through to the birth of her son, Henry Tudor and the early period of her widowhood Arnopp skilfully weaves the political history of the period into Margaret s day to day life and the repercussions that had for her The novel is also a psychological study which traces the development of a child to a young woman with responsibilities beyond her years, with glimpses too of the woman Margaret will become Arnopp s portrait of Lady Margaret Beaufort is plausible and touching She brings the period to life, vividly imagining the sights, sounds and senses of Margaret s world The Beaufort Bride is also a good depiction of the position of women, particularly wealth women, in this period with young women treated as pawns in the power play of men And while most, like Margaret, did as they were told, they still had the human yearning to have some say in the ordering of their lives I particularly appreciated the depiction of religion of the period Religion was a constant presence in the fifteenth century providing the pattern of the days, weeks and seasons and was a strong element in the life of this woman who was noted for her piety.The story is beautifully written Told in the first person, Margaret s voice is consistent and believable This gives the reader an immediate sense of the limitations of Margaret s life and her very real fears and hopes Lady Margaret Beaufort left no writings which tell us of what she thought or felt so there is wide scope for an historical novelist s imagination I thoroughly enjoyed this plausible and delicate imagining of Margaret s life, far better than Philippa Gregory s bitter caricature in The Red Queen The Beaufort Bride is the first in The Beaufort Chronicles trilogy which covers the whole of Margaret s life I am not fond of series and rarely read beyond the first book as I find most not compelling enough however, this is one series I will definitely be reading to the end


  6. Kathleen Kathleen says:

    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 What an incredibly interesting book about the early life of Margaret Beaufort, a novel of course, as not much is known about her early years I had to tear myself away from it to do anything else besides read Now I must wait for the next 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 What an incredibly interesting book about the early life of Margaret Beaufort, a novel of course, as not much is known about her early years I had to tear myself away from it to do anything else besides read Now I must wait for the next book in the chronicles to continue with this tale.To date I had not thought Margaret was very likeable, having had sympathies with her daughter in law Elizabeth, but this representation changed how I perceived her She did not have much of a childhood, and her twice widowed mother seems to have used her for personal gain Apparently she loved her St John siblings, especially her sisters. wondering when they got together over the years I think she did see her younger brother John Welles when her son was king Hoping to discover that in the next volume which definitely indicates a huge interest in this complicated family group As I read I was struck anew by how very hard life could be for girls and women with nothing to look forward to except an arranged marriage and children I do hope that the day to day activities of the rest of her life made up for this difficult beginning She did have her beloved Henry to love although probably mostly from afar.Definitely recommend this supposed glimpse of Margaret Beaufort s younger years to all who relish these times and this family Just out so get your copy at once Extraordinary


  7. G. Lawrence G. Lawrence says:

    Excellent, highly recommended the way Margaret is portrayed fits with what is known about her in history, but is done in such a way that a character who might easily come across as cold and stringent becomes likeable, warm, and endearing The reserve of her character is shown as a front which masks a deeply emotional being, a person of great sensitivity and intelligence This book made me think again about Margaret Beaufort Great work Beautiful period detail also, and excellent storytelling.


  8. Kathy Kathy says:

    Thought this a very successful contribution to the very full world of fiction handling this group of royally connected characters.My first book by this author and will continue reading.Available through Kindle Unlimited subscription


  9. Terry Tyler Terry Tyler says:

    4.5 starsHow I discovered this book I d heard of the author via various historical blogs, and Twitter, and a writer editor friend told me she was good Margaret Beaufort is one of my favourite historical characters, so I thought I d give this a go Kindle version is 2.99, or free on Kindle Unlimited.This is a short novel, about Margaret s childhood, her marriage to Edmund Tudor and the birth of her son, Henry later to become Henry VII It takes us to the point in her life when she meets Henr 4.5 starsHow I discovered this book I d heard of the author via various historical blogs, and Twitter, and a writer editor friend told me she was good Margaret Beaufort is one of my favourite historical characters, so I thought I d give this a go Kindle version is 2.99, or free on Kindle Unlimited.This is a short novel, about Margaret s childhood, her marriage to Edmund Tudor and the birth of her son, Henry later to become Henry VII It takes us to the point in her life when she meets Henry Stafford, her second husband The Kindle version ends at 90%, after which there is a brief history of Margaret s life and the beginning of the next book, The Beaufort Bride.I enjoyed this book, the style is clear and readable at first I thought it too simply written, but then realised that, of course, I was reading through the eyes of a twelve year old The pictures painted of the castles and travels through the countryside of 15th century Wales brought the book to life for me Not very much detail is known of the subject s early life, but the fiction in this novel is convincingly imagined Once or twice, in dialogue and actions, I felt that the author had forgotten that her subject was only thirteen, but on the whole I found the book quite absorbing.When I first became fascinated by Plantagenet history, I thought Margaret Beaufort might be too straight laced and pious for me to have much interest in her, but as I readI saw possible hidden depths, and Judith Arnopp has brought these to light well It occurred to me that perhaps Elizabeth I did not only take her many sterling traits from her parents, Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, but also from her great grandmother.I liked that it was short I prefer to read biographies like this, in shorter sections, rather than embarking upon a daunting, long book I downloaded this on Kindle Unlimited and will definitely be returning it in exchange for the next instalment


  10. Carolina Casas Carolina Casas says:

    A beautiful tale woven by a talented writer with a clear passion for the late medieval and early renaissance period I have always maintained that a good novel and history book is a like a trip back through time Margaret Beaufort has become everyone s go to bogeyman as of late She is either the villain who should be pitied but still condemned or just condemned Judith Arnopp decides to depart from this narrative and instead give us a woman who was much a victim of circumstance as a product of A beautiful tale woven by a talented writer with a clear passion for the late medieval and early renaissance period I have always maintained that a good novel and history book is a like a trip back through time Margaret Beaufort has become everyone s go to bogeyman as of late She is either the villain who should be pitied but still condemned or just condemned Judith Arnopp decides to depart from this narrative and instead give us a woman who was much a victim of circumstance as a product of her times Her faith, pride, loyalty to her house, and love of her son are what keep her going.This is not to say that the novel takes the other route and turns her into a martyr Far from it She is a woman who is hardened by loss and grief but never loses sight of what matters Her loyalty for her house remains, but she sheds her idealism in favor of survival, believing that something of the Lancaster pride can remain through her and her offspring.The story of Margaret Beaufort has not been told enough It has been popularized as a dark fairy tale and to some extent it was butthan a tale of tragedy, it is a tale of endurance and perseverance There were some parts where I thought that Margaret was portrayed a little too cold but given what she has lived through, I could see how she could have taken on those aspects An entertaining and refreshing read about a young heroine in a place and time that seems almost too surreal to us


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The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort ❰Ebook❯ ➤ The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort Author Judith Arnopp – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 As King Henry VI slips into Bride: The MOBI ó 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, The Beaufort ePUB ½ 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 Beaufort Bride: The PDF/EPUB ¿ 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 intensifiesyear 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 inat Pembroke Castle Her story continues in Book Two The Beaufort Woman.