Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Birthday Giveaway of The Queen of Last Hopes

It's Margaret of Anjou's birthday today! She was born on March 23, 1430 (or possibly March 24) in Lorraine, probably at Pont-à-Mousson or Nancy, to Rene of Anjou and his wife Isabelle, the daughter of the Duke of Lorraine. Although Margaret was the younger of Rene and Isabelle's two surviving daughters, she was the one eventually chosen to be the bride of Henry VI, as a marriage had already been arranged for her older sister.

Older sources give Margaret's year of birth as 1429, but C. N. L. Brooke and V. Ortenberg disproved this in an 1988 article in Historical Research entitled, "The Birth of Margaret of Anjou."

The Battle of Towton, where Margaret's forces were defeated on March 29, 1461, was fought just days after Margaret's thirty-first birthday.

Anyway, in honor of Margaret's birthday, I'm giving away two copies of my novel about her, The Queen of Last Hopes. One copy is reserved for a winner outside of North America. All you need to do to enter is leave a comment wishing Margaret a happy birthday! The giveaway ends March 28, as March 29 is a date Margaret would rather not think about. Please note whether you're an entrant outside North America and leave an e-mail where I can contact you. Good luck!


Linda said...

What a neat way to honor Margaret! Happy Birthday!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Margaret! (Such a cool way of honouring her memory, by the way!)

I'm from the UK, so outside North America!



Anonymous said...

A wonderful happy birthday to Margaret! And only a few days after my own!

I'm within North America

This is a cool idea, thanks!


Amy said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret!
No need to enter me in the giveaway ... I ran out and bought this one one the first day. I am so excited for the winner to get to read such an amazing book! Thanks, Susan! :-)

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Enjoy today, not tomorrow!


Unknown said...

what a wonderful thing to do!
Happy Birthday to Margaret!

abrowncow said...

What a neat thing to do! Happy Birthday to Margaret!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday, Margaret! Finished Catherine de Medici a few months ago and was fascinated by Margaret and her daughter-in-law Margot. In the US, flj52452 at

Unknown said...

Happy Brithday Margaret, although surely we should be giving you a present rather than us receiving one (indirectly) from you.

I am from outside USA.

I can be contacted at

Wendy said...

What a wonderful giveaway! Happy Birthday, Margaret of Anjou!

Thank you for the entry!


Casey Brianne said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

kcbrianne at gmail dot com

I'm from the US :)

Casey Brianne said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

I'm in the US :)

kcbrianne at gmail dot com

Michelle Stockard Miller said...

Happy birthday, dear Margaret!

Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I'm in the U.S.

Kimberly Sue said...

Happy, Happy birthday! ;)
I'm in the US.


d page said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!
May your memory continue to live on!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday Margaret sorry that I have missed some of your birthday's

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Rachel said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

nest (dot) rachel (at) gmail

bren said...

Happy Birthday to Ms. Anjou!

4everQueen said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Thank you for having a b-day because this way we are getting this awesome giveaway.

Nunezbella at hotmail dotcom

Hot Off the Shelves said...

Wow! Almost 6 centuries! Happy birthday Margaret.


Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret! You don't look a day over 400!

Jori Richardson said...

Happy birthday to one of my favorite queens!

I am in the US, my email is -

Susan said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! (I'm in the US) susan(at)susancoventry(dot)com.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret!

Thanks for the giveaway, Sharon.

in North America

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

Thanks for the giveaway, Sharon!


Ragged Staff said...

(Recusing myself from the prize) but wishing her Grace a most happy birthday!

Shannon said...

Happy birthday!
I'm in North America.
tiredwkids at live dot com

Victoria said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret! and thank you, Susan for this chance to receive a copy of your book.

I am in the U.S. and my email address is

Kathryn Warner said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret!

Carol N Wong said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

This book is on my to buy when I can list so it would be super to win it. I already know that it is a great book. Fingers crossed!


Terry said...

Happy Birthday Margaret! Please don't enter me - I just wanted to wish her a happy birthday - I bought your book on release day and loved reading it. Hopefully the winner will love your book as much as I did. Good luck everyone!

Mandy said...

Happy Birthday, Margaret!
I don't need to win a copy, either - I already bought one. However, if you want to enter me, anyway, you could give me a copy of The Traitors Wife - it's your only book I don't own!

Erin said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!

erinn.86@gmail dot com

Julie S said...

Happy Birthday Margaret!!!!
How fun! (I am in the USA)

Kit moss said...

Of course I would love a Kindle copy, Susan!

Unknown said...

Happy birthday Margaret. May reading the book be a good way to get to know you. ;)

(And I live in Australia.)

Ella said...

Happy birthday Margaret!
Wow,another more March birthday party!:)

Just read The Stolen Crown (twice) and I love it!

I'm from outside North America;

Monica said...

Bon anniversaire, Margaret of Anjou.


Unknown said...

Happy (late) birthday to Margaret, and thanks for the giveaway! I'm in the U.S.

susanna dot pyatt at student dot rcsnc dot org

Unknown said...

Happy birthday, Margaret!
I'm from outside the USA. :)

kah_cherub at hotmail dot com

Libby said...

Happy Birthday Margaret - do you think she could imagine still receiving birthday wishes in 2012 and in this format