Malcolm was good-hearted, but rough and uncultured, as
was his country. Because of Malcolm’s love for Margaret, she was able to soften
his temper, polish his manners, and help him become a virtuous king. He left
all domestic affairs to her and often consulted her in state matters.
Margaret tried to improve her adopted country by
promoting the arts and education. For religious reform she encouraged synods
and was present for the discussions which tried to stop abuses within the
priesthood and laity. With her husband, she founded several churches.
Margaret was not only a queen, but a mother. She and
Malcolm had six sons and two daughters. Margaret personally supervised their
religious instruction and other studies.
Although she was very much caught up in the affairs of
the household and country, she remained detached from the world. Her private
life was austere. She had certain times for prayer and reading Scripture. She
ate sparingly and slept little in order to have time for devotions.
In 1093, King William Rufus made a surprise attack on
Alnwick castle. King Malcolm and his oldest son, Edward, were killed. Margaret,
already on her deathbed, died four days after her husband.
Feast day 16th November.