The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (Novel of the Tudors Series)

The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (Novel of the Tudors Series)

by Jean Plaidy
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The Thistle and the Rose: The Story of Margaret, Princess of England, Queen of Scotland (Novel of the Tudors Series) by Jean Plaidy

From the pen of the legendary historical novelist Jean Plaidy comes the story of Princess Margaret Tudor, whose life of tragedy, bloodshed, and scandal would rival even that of her younger brother, Henry VIII.

Princess Margaret Tudor is the greatest prize when her father, Henry VII, negotiates the Treaty of Perpetual Peace with neighboring Scotland. The betrothal is meant to end decades of bloody border wars, but it becomes a love match: To Margaret’s surprise, she finds joy in her marriage to the dashing James IV of Scotland, a man sixteen years her senior. But the marriage, and the peace it brings to both nations, does not last. When King James is struck down by the armies of Henry VIII, Margaret—Princess of England, but Queen of Scotland—finds herself torn between loyalty to the land and family of her birth and to that of her baby son, now King of the Scots. She decides to remain in Scotland and carve out her own destiny, surviving a scandalous second marriage and battling with both her son and her brother to the very end. Like all the Tudors, Margaret’s life would be one of turmoil and controversy, but through her descendants, England and Scotland would unite as one nation, under one rule, and find peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780609810224
Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/27/2004
Series: A Novel of the Tudors Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 274,658
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.65(d)

About the Author

JEAN PLAIDY, one of the preeminent authors of historical fiction for most of the twentieth century, is the pen name of the prolific English author Eleanor Hibbert, also known as Victoria Holt. By the time of her death in 1993, the novels of Jean Plaidy had sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.

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Thistle and the Rose 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Margaret was not a heroine...she was very spoiled in her early years and really most of her life but it is a compelling read. I wish King James IV was in the book a little more. But for someone like me who really stays mostly in the Tudor Era, touching in on Scotland was great. Its always different when your looking at it from another's perspective.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book by this author that I've read. I love reading about this time period, and especially the Tudors. So when I saw this, I really wanted to read about Henry VIII's sister. Some of the wording was a little rough (in the first few chapters) and the early conversations didn't sound right sometimes, but overall I think it was a wonderful story. As much as I disagreed with her about her love affairs, I felt for her, dealing with the loses and separation from her children. The chapters were kind of long, but I still didn't want to put the book down. I did find one inaccuracy. It said that her daugther was born on October 5, which is my birthday, but when I researched her I found out that it was October 8. Anyway, it was a sweet, sad story with somewhat of a happy ending. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first of Plaidy's books I read. Since, I have read many others. They have prompted me to do a little research of my own to see how much is 'historical' and how much is 'fiction.' It seems to me that all the characters, their positions, and actions are as accurate and true as possible. The only fiction here is the conversations and feelings of each player, imagined by Ms. Plaidy. As a result, the reader does not get a false sense of history while they take an enjoyable trip back to an interesting time in Europe. If you are interested in the lives of European rulers of the past, love historical fiction, etc.. all of Plaidy's books are recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Story or Margaret Tudor isn't very well known or common compared to that of her family members. But it was really becuase of her lineage to the throne that Scotland and England eventually united under one ruler. Hers is a story of betrayal, heartbreak, love, and determination, reveling a strong woman whose emotions seem so raw that anyone can relate to her.
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dboltchi More than 1 year ago
This is a great read. I've long been wanting to read about Henry VIII's sister Margaret. The story is touching and easy to read. It tells in detail about her life and her struggles, especially as a woman in Scotland. Jean Plaidy has captured the character, but also the man she married. It's touching to see the story so well told.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
As a historical fiction fan, I found Jean Plaidy's book an okay reading. Normally, this author writes great fiction and the books are excellent. This one started very well and Margaret Tudor came to life as one fiery and fascinating princess. But, by the end of the book, it all became repetitive and kind of dull. Still, it's a good read. I wish it'd been better.
Vin_Mar More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book and will look for more by this author in the future.