MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: Two Queens, One Future


MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS: Two Queens, One Future

JOHN GUY    Book Number: 88788    Product format: Paperback

As thrillingly written as a detective story, here is the long overdue and dramatic reinterpretation of Mary, Queen of Scots, by one of the leading historians at work today. She was crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months of age, and Queen of France at 16. At 18 she ascended the throne that was her birth right and began ruling one of the most fractious courts in Europe, riven by religious conflict and personal lust for power. Mary rode out at the head of an army in both victory and defeat, saw her second husband assassinated, and married his murderer. At 25 she entered captivity at the hands of her rival queen, from which only her death would release her. The life of Mary Stuart is one of unparalleled drama and conflict. From the labyrinthine plots laid by the Scottish lords to wrest power for themselves, to the efforts made by Queen Elizabeth I's ministers to invalidate Mary's legitimate claim to the English throne, John Guy returns to the archives to explode the myths and correct the inaccuracies that surround this most fascinating monarch. Why would Mary have consented to marry only three months after the death of her second husband Lord Darnley, the man who was said to be his killer, the Earl of Bothwell? More astonishingly, Guy solves, through careful re-examination of the Casket Letters, the secret behind Darnley's spectacular assassination at Kirk o'Field. With great pathos he illuminates how the imprisoned Mary's despair led to a reckless plot against Elizabeth, and thus to her own execution. She was a shrewd, charismatic young ruler who relished power and who, for a time, managed to hold together a fatally unstable country. Winner of the Whitbread Biography Award, based on gold-standard research. New paperback reprint of the 2004 original with genealogical tables, maps and chronology. 520pp.
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