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The Beaufort Bride: The Life of Margaret Beaufort (The Beaufort Chronicles Book 1) by [Arnopp, Judith]
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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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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 King's marriage turn out to be unfruitful. In order to gain her enormous inheritance, Edmund needs an heir, and although Margaret is little more than 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, she more than 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.
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I really enjoyed this book. A simplified but appealing insight into the early life of Margaret Beaufort as a child, bride and mother. A short read - would not have minded a bit more. Can't wait for the next instalment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 21 March 2016
By Kathleen Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
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"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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Different and Believable Take on the Child Who Became Mother of the Tudor Dynasty 6 April 2016
By HalKid2 - Published on Amazon.com
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Margaret Beaufort Tudor is usually depicted as a possessive mother, ruthlessly obsessed with her son's claim to the English throne. Her keen political acumen is one of his greatest assets throughout his long struggle to ascend and then maintain his throne.

But the Margaret of this novel is a much more sympathetic woman. Girl, really. Extraordinarily wealthy, she is married off to Edmund Tudor while still a child, though that does not stop him from immediately consummating the marriage. Just thirteen when she gives birth to her only child -- and left with a body badly damaged by the trauma of childbirth while still a child herself-- she mistakenly thinks she might finally become mistress of her own fate. But I'll skip the spoilers....

Arnopp's depiction of Margaret is an interesting contrast to typical portrayals. Here she is just a helpless child, trying to make her way in an adult world where she is generally viewed as a mere political pawn. I plan to continue reading more about Margaret's life in Arnopp's planned trilogy, the Beaufort Chronicles.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading. 7 January 2017
By Doreen MacKenzie - Sydney - Published on Amazon.com
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Before reading this book, I had a scant knowledge of Margaret Beaufort's childhood. I knew she was married too young, gave birth to Henry V11, was a possessive mother who had ambitions for her son, and was the mother-in-law from Hell to Elizabeth of York. Judith Arnopp has done a great job with her research to write this book, seeing the knowledge is sketchy to say the least. She gives her characters depth in that she endows them with emotions that make them human. Of course, nobody knows what they thought or how they reacted to these situations - all of this is supposition. Judith Arnopp portrays Margaret Beaufort as a child with royal connections and very marketable assets. She was a pawn in the game of power and ambition. The submission of women and girls was assumed as natural. Men were the dominating force and Margaret was something to be used to attain power . In medieval times it wasn't seen as cruel to marry a girl of barely 11/12 to a mature man like Edmond Tudor. For him to consummate the marriage because he wanted a heir seems barbaric, but not in those days. That was a female's role, however young. Margaret endured a horrific birth because she was too immature to have a child with the result she could never produce another. It's a wonder she didn't die. As she managed to survive, this may have been to her eventual advantage, as she lived to old age. Childbirth was the great killer of women in her day. I felt the book was a little fanciful, that's why I gave it 4 rather than 5 stars. Margaret Arnopp assumes she had great fondness for her husband - but would she after such suffering? The book was entertaining and I've ordered The Beaufort Woman, so that speaks for itself. Thanks to The Beaufort Bride, I learned a few unknown facts about Margaret Beaufort. I hope they are right and not conjecture. If you like Tudor history, you will enjoy this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Historical Fiction! 19 March 2016
By Mary Rose - Published on Amazon.com
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Judith Arnopp is one of my favorite authors, so I was delighted to find a new book to read - and even more delighted to discover that it is Book One of a series!

This is a very sympathetic and thoughtful characterization of Margaret Beaufort, who has been much maligned in other fiction. One quickly becomes invested in her travails, which were tragic. Poor child was impregnated at the age of twelve, delivered of a baby when thirteen, and that birth almost killed her. I found the book riveting (at some cost to my household duties) and look forward eagerly to Book Two!
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5.0 out of 5 stars her relationship with Edmund just as sweet. Edmund's change from taciturn spouse to tenderhearted husband ... 28 April 2016
By Carole P. Roman - Published on Amazon.com
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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 King's marriage turn out to be unfruitful. In order to gain her enormous inheritance, Edmund needs an heir, and although Margaret is little more than 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, she more than 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.

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