Book Review: The Thistle and the Rose


As I continue to work through Jean Plaidy’s Tudor saga it is now the turn of Henry VIII older sister Margaret.

Just like other royal princesses, Margaret has no say of who she is to marry. When her father decides she is to marry the King of Scotland to form a political alliance, Margaret has to leave her family and be the wife of a man well known for playing the field with women.

What comes through in Plaidy’s writing is the Tudor spirit was well and truly with Margaret as well as her most well known brother Henry.

It is also interesting to read what was happening at the same time as Henry’s reign as his sister’s life in Scotland that felt in contrast a totally alien way of life.

You are also lead to wonder if Margaret’s desire for a divorce didn’t prompt Henry to want one. This shows the skill of Plaidy’s writing that she can plant such a seed in your mind

A very enjoyable read that deserves 5/5


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