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By: Gerald Urwin

A Rough Wooing

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Henry VIII could barely control his anger. How dare those wretched Scots refuse his offer to marry off his own dear son, Edward, to their Princess Mary? Where do they think they will get a better offer. No doubt it is her mother, Marie de Guise, who is behind their refusal. A French woman at the head of the Scottish Court! This calls for a firm hand. “Send the army north and let them wreak havoc.”

But it was a chastened English army that returned to Berwick in 1549. Over a thousand of their number would never return. Eighteen months they had endured behind fortress walls. They had found they were fighting not only the Scots but the French army in their thousands as well. Nor had they achieved their objective of capturing Mary. Instead she was safely landed in France, poised to marry the Dauphin.

The author began writing upon retiring from his previous occupation as a college lecturer. At first he concentrated on the local history of Haddington, where he lived. After some early success he switched to writing a thriller and then to short stories. His latest effort is a historical account of Henry VIII’s foiled attempt to marry off his son Edward to Mary Queen of Scots.    

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