MARY QUEEN OF SCOTSSUSAN WATKINS Book Number: 82805 Product format: Hardback
With superb photography by Mark Fiennes, this big glamorous Thames & Hudson publication has no less than 194 colour illustrations, recreating the world in which Mary Queen of Scots lived, from the landscapes, palaces and courtly culture to the finer details of domestic life. Mary's inheritance gave her the Scottish throne in 1542 when she was just six days old, and a claim to the English throne that was to lead to her death. It gave her an upbringing in France 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 the age of 18. In a turbulent interlude she ruled Scotland 'without measure or modesty', a reign made more stormy by two disastrous marriages entwined with rumours of adultery and murder. During nearly 19 years of captivity as Elizabeth I's prisoner, she presided over a network of intrigue - agents and double agents, coded despatches, mysterious couriers - that she hoped would bring about her freedom, but that led inevitably to her trial and execution. A wealth of historical illustrations enhance the narrative and no other book has so graphically presented Mary Queen of Scots' life, a beautiful and free spirited woman with such a tragic history. Particularly good is the chapter on Falkland Palace in Fife, the hunting palace of the Stewart dynasty where the royal family practised archery, the royal game of tennis, rode in the forests, hunted stag and boar and practised hawking. Superb family tree at the end, portraits, details, tapestries, close ups, castles, contemporary banners and drawings. 224 page 2001 US first edition. Nearly 10" square.
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