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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.Read More