The story of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. The central character in this book is Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII's sister by marriage into an ambitious clan. A refugee from the wrath of James V of Scotland, she and her father take shelter at the Court of her uncle. It soon proves an unsafe one. Her life is at risk from all sides, not least from Henry as hiThe story of Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox. The central character in this book is Margaret Douglas, daughter of Henry VIII's sister by marriage into an ambitious clan. A refugee from the wrath of James V of Scotland, she and her father take shelter at the Court of her uncle. It soon proves an unsafe one. Her life is at risk from all sides, not least from Henry as his successive marriages shift his mood unpredictably. Conjured out of the bare historical facts the astonishing contrasts of the period, the religious unrest, the continual bickering between England, Scotland and France; and the rumbustious delight in life when life itself could terminate at any moment on the block....
|Title||:||The Green Salamander|
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|Number of Pages||:||288 Pages|
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The Green Salamander Reviews
Fans of historical fiction who like mostly history in their fiction will probably like this. This book was published in 1977 and is free from the flowery, melodramatic details that sometimes find their way into contemporary historical fiction.A visit from Robert Dudley in 1578 when Margaret Douglas is an old woman begins the story of her life as she looks back and remembers events that shaped history and relationships that were important to her.Margaret was the daughter of Margaret Tudor, niece to King Henry VIII, her father was Archibald Douglas, Earl of Angus, she married Matthew Stuart, Earl of Lennox, and her son Lord Darnley married Mary Queen of Scots. She spent her youth and early adulthood being shuffled around from place to place and several times was imprisoned in the Tower of London, much like the early life of her first cousins Mary and Elizabeth Tudor.I liked seeing the same history from a different perspective. I've read quite a few novels from the reigning Tudors' point of view, both Elizabeth and Henry VIII's. So it was interesting to see the same events from the perspective of an heir who never gains the throne.The beginning is a little bit slow while the author introduces a cast of many characters and lays out the history for the reader but I enjoyed the characters Pamela Hill creates for these historical figures. I sometimes forget how closely related the English nobility and monarchs were and that slights and favors from childhood would be remembered and rewarded or revenged later in life with harsh or lenient punishment or largess as reward. When cousins Margaret and Elizabeth are in the Tower. Elizabeth mentions frequent disruptions with a great noise overhead. The noise is the clanging of pots and pans in Margaret's kitchen in the chamber above Elizabeth's. This is a story that I'd read several times before but reading it here in the context of Margaret's life gave it a different perspective. Though I knew it wasn't going to work in Margaret's favor later on it still seemed humorous.The hardcover copy of this book includes a family tree which I appreciated and referred to often. I also liked the author's brief note at the front of the book where she mentions Margaret Douglas as a woman almost forgotten in history. I think part of what I liked about reading this book was that Hill created it so Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox wouldn't be forgotten.
Hmmm. Margaret Lennox.
apparently i hated it and never finished it. as far as i can remember this would be the first book i ever put down. in my notes (from 1991) i just wrote "i never finished it... awful book!"