Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland

Posted By on November 28, 2014

Margaret Tudor

Margaret Tudor

On 28th November 1489, Elizabeth of York, queen consort of King Henry VII, gave birth to the couple’s second child and eldest daughter at Westminster Palace. The couple named her Margaret after her paternal grandmother, Lady Margaret Beaufort, and she was baptised at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster, on 30th November.

Margaret spent her childhood at Sheen and at Eltham Palace, but was sent to Scotland at the age of thirteen to marry James IV following the 1502 Treaty of Perpetual Peace between England and Scotland. Margaret and James had been married by proxy on 25th January 1503 at Richmond Palace but married in person on 8th August 1503 at Holyrood Abbey.

James IV and Margaret Tudor went on to have six children, including the future James V of Scotland, father of Mary Queen of Scots. James IV died at the Battle of Flodden in 1513, a battle between Scotland and Margaret’s brother Henry VIII’s forces. For a time, Margaret acted as Regent and although she had opposition, being the enemy’s sister, she managed to reconcile Scotland and England. Things changed, however, when Margaret secretly married Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus, a member of the powerful Scottish House of Douglas. When the news got out, Margaret encountered opposition from the nobles and in September 1514 the Privy Council ruled that she had acted against the terms of James IV’s will and could no longer act as Regent. She was replaced by John Stewart, 2nd Duke of Albany, who took custody of her sons, James and Alexander, keeping them at Stirling Castle.

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My Thanksgiving

Posted By on November 27, 2014

thanksWe don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in my home country of the UK or my new home in Spain, but the day always gives me pause for thought and I use it as a day to count my blessings.

One of the many things I am thankful for is the fact that my job is my passion. I spend every day doing what I love – knee deep, or rather neck deep, in Tudor history. When I started The Anne Boleyn Files back in February 2009 as a diary of my research into Anne’s life I never dreamt that I would one day be corresponding with people from all over the world about Tudor history, publishing books on history, givng talks on it, doing full-time research etc. It really is a dream come true and I am thankful for it.

Of course, none of this would have been possible without the support and encouragement I’ve received. If nobody had ever stumbled on The Anne Boleyn Files and offered me encouragement then it really would have been a different story and I’d still be doing general freelance writing. I’ve had my fair shares of knocks, but it’s so much easier to pick yourself up and dust yourself off when you have people rooting for you – Thank you to all my followers, fellow bloggers and writers, and the new friends I have made.

I’m also thankful for my family. My children have come to accept that Tudor history is a big part of our life and Tim works alongside me on projects, helping me turn my ideas into reality. My daughter Verity played a big part in my most recent project and it was wonderful to work with her. A big thank you to Tim, Christian, Verity and Joel.

And a big thank you to the teachers I had in childhood who encouraged my love of writing and history. Teachers have such power and I was lucky that my interests were nurtured.

Finally a thank you to the many historians and authors who have corresponded with me, listened to me, advised me and been kind enough to help me in many different ways. You could have looked down on me as “just a blogger”, but you didn’t and I am truly thankful.

Thank you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those celebrating today!

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