Mary Queen of Scots (European Queens)

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Although Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland only a few days after she was born, she lived in her native land for only six years. Six years, however, was long enough for her often tragic life to become the stuff of legends. Mary was both a victim of her times, particularly the religious conflict that was raging across Europe as well as her own bad decisions, and her life story serves as a dramatic contrast to the much more successful reign of her distant cousin Elizabeth Tudor to the south—the woman who eventually ordered her beheading. Mary Stuart was an intriguing woman who lived in a fascinating time and this new biography brings both the biography and the era alive for a new generation of readers.

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Nancy Lotz, a former French teacher, received her MA from Villanova. She lives and writes in Maryland. Carlene Phillips, a high school English and creative writing teacher for than thirty years, holds an MA from Harvard.

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Grade 8 Up—From unfortunate marriages to naive political decisions, Mary Stuart seemingly lived from one disaster to another. Tensions between Catholics and Protestants as well as political unrest in England exacerbated her problems and eventually led to her execution. Her history is closely tied to that of Scotland, France, and England, with a bit of Spain thrown in, and as such, is a sometimes confusing parade of characters and places even for readers with some knowledge of 16th-century events. This book is serviceable for report writers and those with an interest in the subject. Its format is more traditional, without the sidebars, section headings, and attention grabbers that many nonfiction series are now using; there is not much that breaks up the text. Color images help, but the dense, high-level reading content may be too much for students who read below grade level. The book is well sourced. Sally Stepanek's Mary, Queen of Scots (Chelsea House, 1987) is similar in scope and design, though it lacks color images. John Guy's Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart (Houghton, 2004) is a much longer adult book, but readers who are really interested in this figure may enjoy it.—Cheri Dobbs, Detroit Country Day Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
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