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Margaret Tudor: A Romance of Old St. Augustine by Annie T. Colcock is a historical novel that will transport readers to a fascinating era in American history. Set in the vibrant city of St. Augustine, Florida, during the 16th century, the book tells the compelling story of Margaret Tudor, a young Englishwoman who embarks on a journey filled with love, adventure, and self-discovery.

Colcock's vivid descriptions bring the city of St. Augustine to life, painting a rich picture of its architecture, culture, and vibrant atmosphere. From bustling markets to breathtaking landscapes, readers will find themselves immersed in the world of the past.

The protagonist, Margaret Tudor, is a well-developed character who evolves over the course of the story. As an outsider in a new land, she faces numerous challenges, including a forbidden romance and cultural clashes. Colcock skillfully explores Margaret's struggles and personal growth, capturing her inner conflicts and dilemmas with authenticity. Her journey serves as a microcosm for the clash between different societies, making the book not only an engaging historical romance but also a reflection on the complexities of colonial life.

One of the highlights of Margaret Tudor: A Romance of Old St. Augustine is the attention to historical detail. Colcock seamlessly weaves real historical events into the narrative, providing readers with a deeper understanding of the time period. The book showcases the clash between the Spanish and English settlers, shedding light on the intricacies of their relationships and their impact on the region. For history enthusiasts, this aspect of the novel will be particularly satisfying.

The pacing of the story is well-balanced, capturing both the slower, contemplative moments and the thrilling, action-packed scenes. Colcock adeptly intertwines romance, drama, and moments of intense conflict, keeping readers engrossed and captivated throughout. The plot is well-plotted and offers unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that the story remains unpredictable and exciting.

While Margaret Tudor: A Romance of Old St. Augustine is primarily a historical novel, it also delves into important themes such as identity, cultural heritage, and the complex nature of relationships. The book explores the challenges faced by individuals torn between different worlds and compellingly depicts the struggles of maintaining personal integrity when faced with difficult choices.

The only minor criticism of the book would be that at times the pacing could have been quicker in certain sections. However, this does not detract significantly from the overall quality and enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, Margaret Tudor: A Romance of Old St. Augustine is a well-researched and engaging historical novel that will captivate readers with its vibrant setting, compelling characters, and thoughtful exploration of important themes. Annie T. Colcock expertly brings 16th-century St. Augustine to life, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in history, romance, or simply a captivating story.

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[Illustration: MARGARET TUDOR.]


A Romance of Old St. Augustine


Illustrated by W. B. GILBERT




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Transcriber's Note:

Minor typographical errors have been corrected without note. The oe ligature is shown as [oe].

"That thee is sent receive in buxomnesse, The wrastling of this world asketh a fall, Here is no home, here is but wildernesse, . . . . . Looke up on high, and thanké God of all!" CHAUCER.


The names of Mr. John Rivers, kinsman and agent of Lord Ashley, Dr. Wm. Scrivener and Margaret Tudor appear in the passenger list of the Carolina , as given in the Shaftesbury Papers (Collections of the South Carolina Historical Society, Vol. V, page 135). In the same (page 169) may be found a brief account of the capture, at Santa Catalina, of Mr. Rivers, Capt. Baulk, some seamen, a woman, and a girl ; also (page 175) mention of the unsuccessful embassy of Mr. Collins; and (page 204) the Memorial to the Spanish Ambassador touching the delivery of the prisoners, one of whom is alluded to as Margaret , presumably Margaret Tudor... Continue reading book >>

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