Having read The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory, I thought I knew all I needed to about Margaret Beaufort, the grandmother of Henry VIII.
This book, The Beaufort Bride, doesn’t uncover much in the way of new information, but it’s an entertaining read, written mostly from the perspective of a 12-year-old girl, which doesn’t sound like much fun. But Judith Arnopp makes it entertaining. I finished the book in one night. It’s the first of a three book series.
The book centers on Margaret Beafort’s first two marriages, the first of which was annulled and the second of which produced her only child, who grew up to become Henry VII of England.
Arnopp does a good job of recounting a child’s fear of bloodshed in age before television and films made it so commonplace. She also (at least so far) from painting Margaret Beaufort as a religious fanatic.
She is simply a young girl who has a very difficult time giving birth at age thirteen. It’s worth the read, if you’re interested in the Tudors.