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The Thistle and the Rose


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ISBN13: 9780609810224
ISBN10: 0609810227
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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 Margarets 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, Margarets 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.


Publishing legend Jean Plaidy (a.k.a. Victoria Holt and Eleanor Hibbert) returns to print with a relaunch of ten of her most beloved novels. "The Thistle and the Rose"--the story of Princess Margaret Tudor--is the fourth in the series.

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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FleurDeMar, September 8, 2009 (view all comments by FleurDeMar)
Jean Plaidy is one of the Queens of Historical Fiction. If you think about when the books were written, the amount of research she would have done is huge.

The Thistle and the Rose, part of Plaidy's Tudor Princesses series, is the story of Margaret, the older sister of Henry VIII and her marriage to James IV at a young age. I knew absolutely about Margaret when I started this book and I must say it was quite pleasant to read about 'another Tudor' for a change. Yes, Henry is mentioned quite a lot, but the book is pretty much all Margaret. I felt sorry for her most of the time. She seemed to have the worst luck and it made her a sympathetic character. I really wanted her to succeed in her endeavors, but more often than not, her plans were foiled. And she seemed to have really bad luck with men!

I'm glad I still can, after reading this book, say that I've never read a Plaidy I didn't like.
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Plaidy, Jean
Broadway Books
Historical - General
Historical fiction
Biographical fiction
Literature-A to Z
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A Novel of the Tudors
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