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.
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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, 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.
Oct 17, There are an incredible number of books about Mary Queen of Scots, and for good reason. Here's five of the best ones to get your hands on.
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Mary, Queen of Scots — , has for centuries fascinated historians and the general public, her life the stuff of Hollywood myth, involving murder, rape, adultery, abdication, imprisonment and execution. Mary's second husband, Lord Darnley, participated in the murder of Mary's favorite adviser, David Rizzio, after which Mary and Lord Darnley became estranged. Darnley himself was murdered the next year, and some historians have claimed that Mary plotted his death so she could marry her lover, Bothwell. But Weir argues convincingly that the evidence against Mary is fraudulent, part of a coverup initiated by rebellious lords. Weir tells how and why Darnley was killed, and, shockingly, reveals that Bothwell, whom Mary did marry, was one of the murderers.
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