Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia FraserAuthor of Marie Antoinette
She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head.
Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, rape and even murder. Betrayed by those she most trusted, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, Elizabeth I.
Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time.
Mary Queen of Scots
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The tragic, scandal-embroiled queen of Scotland and France has captured the imagination of people for centuries. From books of her own poetry to the CW show Reign, people have gobbled up stories about Mary. I mean, just look at the list of books about her on Amazon. There are hundreds of biographies and novels about her. Those books have been written by white people.
View Basket. Get all the latest news and findings from our experts, read new articles on Scottish history, receive special offers and enter exciting competitions! Hide message. With so many books available about Mary Queen of Scots, how can you decide which to read? With a foreword by Anna Groundwater, the book aims to show Mary not as the romantic heroine of public imagination, but as a woman whose downfall was brought about by her failure to deal with the problems and challenges that faced her as a renaissance monarch. Originally published in , the book explores the relationship between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth I of England; two queens in one isle who were destined never to meet.
The tragic history of ''this bewitching Princess,'' as Jane Austen called Mary Stuart, has won men's hearts, whether on the stage of her own life or in Schiller's play or Donizetti's opera. More recently, her story has been movingly recounted by Antonia Fraser and powerfully revised by Jenny Wormald. The Cambridge historian John Guy, one of the most distinguished scholars of the Tudor period, presents a queen of Scots whose life and death were determined by the fear that claim aroused in Elizabeth's principal adviser, William Cecil, Lord Burghley. Guy undertakes the most scrupulous examination of the documents, including many that had been previously unknown. With all the different versions fully displayed, the reader for the first time can enjoy the poignant drama of Mary's life and the excitement of assessing all the forensic evidence. In Guy's account Mary is less the victim of the executioner's ax than of the pen: hers and Cecil's.
This concise and extremely readable work provides the reader with a full account of the events which shaped the life of the Scottish monarch together with numerous illustrations. Often hiding in the shadows of her daughter, her story is an essential read to understand the realm which Mary, Queen of Scots inherited, and throws light on Mary's own character. Dr Marshall has recently published a revised version of this book. Click here to read a full review. Understanding Mary is also knowing her enemies, and this latest work by Rosalind Marshall is a perfect introduction to the man who led such a campaign of hatred against both Mary of Guise and her daughter Mary, Queen of Scots, as well as all Catholics.