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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

Guy, John

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ISBN 10: 0618254110 / ISBN 13: 9780618254118
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, New York, 2004
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2004 As New Book, Fine unclipped jacket, First Printing 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 581 clean tight unmarked pages, 24 full page glossy b/w illustrations in three inserts, end pages have brown illustrations of written letters, book has full black cloth covered boards with gilt stamped lettering on the spine, jacket has a color illustration of Mary-Queen of Scots on the front, with cream and whit lettering, Bookseller Inventory # 002274

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Title: Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston, New York

Publication Date: 2004

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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The eminent British historian John Guy has unearthed a wealth of evidence that upends the popular notion of Mary Queen of Scots as a femme fatale and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.
Guy draws on sources as varied as the secret communiqués of English spies and Mary’s own letters (many hitherto unstudied) to depict her world and her actions with stunning immediacy. Here is a myth-shattering reappraisal of her multifaceted character and prodigious political skill. Guy dispels the persistent popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and poor judgment. Through his pioneering research, we come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of powerful factions the French, the English, duplicitous Scottish nobles, and religious zealots who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy’s investigation of Mary’s storied downfall throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, and offers convincing new evidence that she was framed for the murder for which she was beheaded.
Queen of Scots, the first full-scale biography of Mary in more than thirty years, offers a singularly novel, nuanced, and dramatic portrait of one of history’s greatest women.

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Formerly provost and history professor at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, Renaissance historian JOHN GUY is now a fellow in history at Clare College, University of Cambridge. He has written several books and hosted several BBC documentaries. Queen of Scots was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.

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