Scourge of Henry VIII – The Life of Marie De Guise

Scourge of Henry VIII – The Life of Marie De Guise written by Melanie Clegg and published by Pen and Sword Books. £19.99 – Hardback – Pages 208

I thought I would get into my lovely pile of Royalty related history books, so I’ve started with what’s a biography of Marie de Guise, the mother of Mary Queen of Scots. Whilst Mary might dominate in royal circles in Scotland Marie de Guise was a strong willed woman too. She was briefly courted by Henry VIII before she then married James V of Scotland. Having to look after her daughter alone and win over the support of the Scottish public would have turned Marie into a strong and determined woman. This is superb biography about a woman who you would expect to hear more about, but hear she looks to have been bought out of the shadow.

This was an interesting read and it was really nice to read about someone who wasn’t really a central character in royalty but in my opinion should have been made a more important person. Traditionally, we read about prominent kings or queens but this made a change for me. The book is well written once you get into it and it’s probably more like a traditional biography and it’s not too heavy or based on facts and information, so it was a good easy read. Would I recommend this book to others, I would yes definitely if you were after a good all rounded read, if you were more academically minded it probably wouldn’t meet your needs. I would give this book a 4 star rating.

Ben Davidson

Hello, I have been studying all aspects of history for about 25 years. I have a BA History from the University of Bedfordshire. My historical areas of interest are anything really, but I specialise in 19th - 20th century Britain, America and Ireland. I am also strongly aligned with most military history, really enjoying WW2 and the US Civil War. Chuck in the king or queen and Bob's your uncle.

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