Mary Queen of Scots

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Mary's inheritance gave her both the Scottish throne in 1542, when she was only six days old, and a claim to the English throne that would lead to her death. It gave her an upbringing in France, cultural and intellectual centre of Europe, where she witnessed the power play of her Guise relations, married the heir to the French throne, and became queen of France, only to be widowed at 18. There was a turbulent interlude as ruler of Scotland, made the more tumultuous by two disastrous marriages and rumours of adultery and murder. Finally, there was an 18 year exile as Elizabeth I's prisoner, passing the long days of captivity at her embroidery or her prayers, the centre of a network of intrigue, double agents, coded dispatches, and mysterious couriers, which was to lead inevitably to her trial and execution.

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Susan Watkins is the acclaimed author of several bestselling historical biographies, including Jane Austen: In Style and In Public and in Private: Elizabeth I and Her World. Mark Fiennes is an internationally renowned photographer who worked with Susan Watkins on her re-creation of the life of Elizabeth I.

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Although most writings about Mary Stuart (1542-87), Queen of Scots, have been historically inaccurate, modern scholarship has revealed the details of her dramatic life as wife to three husbands and queen in three kingdoms (France, Scotland, and England). Any new work on Mary should provide a fresh interpretation or presentation. Watkins (Jane Austen: In Style) has attempted the latter in an illustrated history, yet the result is neither a quality coffee-table book nor a readable biography. The lavish photographs of historical places and high-quality illustrations cannot make up for an overly dramatic narrative full of simplistic historical judgments. None of the period quotations has scholarly attribution, and most are presented in a bold, oversized font, often literally unreadable as they are superimposed on illustrations. Lastly, a book that lists in its bibliography James A. Mackay's In My End Is My Beginning (St. Martin's, 2000), generally considered to be plagiarized, cannot be reliable for the general reader. The curious should see Antonia Fraser's sympathetic biography, Mary Queen of Scots (published in 1969 and frequently reprinted), with the more studious turning to Gordon Donaldson's sound Mary, Queen of Scots (o.p.) and Jenny Wormald's politically astute Mary Queen of Scots: A Study in Failure (Tauris, 2000). James Tasato Mellone, Queens Coll., CUNY
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