The Lost Tudor Princess: A Life of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox

Written by Alison Weir
Review by Jen Black

This is a work of immense political and personal detail with a straightforward style, easily read by anyone with an interest in the daughter of the English Queen of Scotland and her second husband, the Earl of Angus. Margaret’s uncle was no other than Henry Tudor. She lived through the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, Jane Grey and Elizabeth I and was imprisoned more than once. Her hopes of becoming Queen of England and, possibly, Scotland waxed and waned with Henry’s and Mary Tudor’s struggles to produce an heir. She died never knowing her grandson eventually claimed both thrones.

Meg’s story is told chronologically, with descriptions of the houses she inhabited, her love for her husband, her attitude to religion and her struggle to raise children. There are maps that show her properties, genealogical tables of her relationships with the royal families of Scotland and England, illustrations and an appendix on her portraits, plus an appendix of the poems, written by Margaret and others, which she copied into the Devonshire Manuscript. There is a 25-page list of dramatis personae, copious notes, a bibliography, references and the usual index – as you would expect from such a professional historian.