Last week, over 93 people showed up on a Thursday afternoon to listen to my two-hour lecture on the Marvelous Mistress Margaret, Countess of Lennox.
As pointed out in the lecture description, not many people, even Tudor fans, know exactly who she is and why she is an important piece of the Tudor dynasty. Given her relatively unknown status, as compared to Anne Boleyn for example, I was overwhelmed at the turnout.
My next public lecture.
Granddaughter of the first Tudor king, Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was at the center of the Tudor court through much of the 16th century. In her own words, she was “imprisoned three times for love.” Never a dynastic pawn, she was a dynastic victor when her grandson, King James VI of Scotland, also became King James I of England. She dabbled in English, Scottish, and French politics, maneuvering herself and her family through multiple courts successfully if not always happily. She was one of three prominent women contributors to The Devonshire Manuscript, a key primary source of the period. She may be the most important Tudor you don’t know.
This coming Monday, in a reverse of the standard session, we will be starting off with a question and answer period. So bring any lingering thoughts you have. Hopefully we will also have time for questions at the end.
On Monday, March 5 at 3:15, I will be giving the first in a series of three lectures about Queen Elizabeth I, her experience at different courts, conspiracies she was implicated in, and how her Carey kinship network were involved.