The Thistle and the Rose (Tudor Saga, #8)

ISBN: 0609810227
ISBN 13: 9780609810224
By: Jean Plaidy

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This is a historical novel about King Henry VIII's older sister Margaret who is married off to Scotland. I'd read about Mary, the younger one, before, so i was interested to read more about this sister. This they were just so messed up! There's so many books, movies and shows about them just because if they existed now, they'd be the hit reality show. The spoiled, self-indulgent rich kids living off their daddy's money, who think that no rules apply to them. Margaret seemed even more like her brother than mary did, she did pretty much the same things with the same motivation, only she happened to be female. still, i'm surprised she got away with as much as she did. I feel like maybe this book was dramatacized a bit more than it should have been, writing only ok, but it was entertaining, i liked it.


The Tudors... they were quite the interesting bunch. There are better historical novels about them, such as Rosalind Miles' "I, Elizabeth." But this one is pretty interesting.


Confession--I'm slowly becoming obsessed with British history, specifically the Tudor/King Henry VIII era, mainly because I've started watching "The Tudors." I began watching it because Jonathan Rhys Meyers is beautiful, but then enjoyed the show due to it's actual content. Soooo, I'm now reading books on this era.I loved this book and have heard that the other books by her are just as great. A lot of historical facts, but a great, heart-wrenching story. I felt Magaret Tudor's pain the whole time! She's a character I hated and loved. I think I even cried a little.


Another of Jean Plaidy's books that I enjoyed, though not as much as some of the others. This one focuses on Henry VIII's sister, Margaret, who is married at about 13 to the King of Scotland. Since she is not mentioned much in most literature about the period, except for the fact that she was Mary, Queen of Scots' grandmother, I found it an interesting read.


Poor Margaret Tudor didn't have an easy time of it, especially in matters of love. It's a shame that the most powerful women of this time still had such little control over their own fates. That said though, like a proper Tudor, Margaret pushed the boundaries wherever she could get away with it and then some... the end result of some of those choices does nothing to diminish her bravery in making them. I enjoyed this version of her story very much!


Thought it was going to be about Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, but it followed Margaret Tudor, daughter of Henry VII and sister of Henry VIII, as she becomes Queen of Scotland. I enjoyed Plaidy's writing as it was not nearly as repetitive as P. Gregory's. Not sure I cared for Margaret herself, but that could be the way Plaidy wrote the character. An extensive bibliography was included so I am sure this historical fiction was highly researched.


UGH this was boring... i quit reading halfway through. maybe i'll pick it up again someday.


Jean Plaidy makes historical fiction so interesting - I love her series on the Queens/Other Notable Historical Personages of England. This one is about Maragaret Tudor, who was sent to Scotland to marry one of the Stuarts, and her story there. I quite enjoyed this because I knew so little about Margaret - most of the stories about the Tudors, if they focus on any of the sisters at all - always are about Mary, and her marrying Charles Brandon without asking Henry. So, it was very cool to finally have something focusing elsewhere. Fun, easy read that actually feels like I learned something. Hurrah!


This book is about Margaret Tudor, Henry VIIIs older sister. I knew little about her going in but liked the fictionalized telling of her life as Jean Plaidy does here. Sometimes get agravated with the Maragaret character but then have to remember just how Young she was at the time she was married off and made a Queen. A good read.


Thoroughly engrossing; a rip in the fabric of time allowing a glimpse into the past, and providing a true human nature to such legendary historical figures.


Interesting in that I knew nothing about Margaret Tudor before I read this book. Disappointing in that she is portrayed as a somewhat hysterical, oversexed character. But hey, I wasn’t there; maybe she was all that :). I’d call this one historical fiction- lite.


Plaidy has written the character of Margaret as a vapid and somewhat maddening woman, ruled by her desires. She doesn't seem to acknowledge the link between her impulsive behaviour and the undesirable circumstances she continuously finds herself in. But, overall it was a great rendition, and I have no complaints.


The story of Henry the VIII's older sister, Margaret. She was married to the King of Scotland at age 12! For some reason these stories about the lives of the Tudors and all of their relatives always captivate me.


A bit rough getting through this one. The author, experienced as she was, did a lot more telling than showing. Lots of summary of action rather than actual action. I did enjoy getting to know the characters as Plaidy imagined them.


Ok, let's just talk about how appallingly dull the last half of this book was. The story follows Margaret Tudor of England who marries James Stuart of Scotland. I learned a ton, but oh my gosh, everyone cheats on each other. England, Scotland, and France were pretty much founded on infidelity and the populations rose from illegitimate children who's dads couldn't keep their parts to themselves.Margaret's life is a bit sad. She's so fickle, it'll drive one mad when reading all the ways she changes her mind. Back and forth, back and forth, good Lord, how droll?I learned a lot though, and I did enjoy the story. eh.

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