There is no denying Queen Margaret's imaginative hold on generations of Scots. Born c.1046, she died in 1094 and was canonised in 1250. She stands on a line between the late Celtic/Norse and early medieval periods; although she was contemporaneous with the Vikings, by her time the Roman church was firmly established in all but the outer reaches of Europe, among which was Scotland. Margaret, a princess of impeccable lineage who was reared at the courts of Andrew II of Hungary and Edward the Confessor, became the representative of both the Roman communion and French/English culture when she married Malcolm III, King of Scots, around 1070. Eileen Dunlop re-examines the well-documented accounts of Queen Margaret and from a modern viewpoint looks at the contradictions in her life, her marriage, her death and the differing reactions she has aroused.
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November 2005 : UK Paperback