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The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots (original 1973; edition 2004)

by Margaret Swain

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A significant work in the history of costume and textiles, shedding new light on little known aspects of Mary Queen of Scots' life Although a large body of needlework has always been attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, little attempt was made to authenticate these pieces or to explain how so energetic and impetuous a woman could have found pleasure in the meticulous craft of embroidery. This is the first comprehensive study of the Queen as a needlewoman, describing all the works associated with her. Every piece marked by her cipher or monogram is illustrated in full. A biographical outline provides the framework for understanding her work by setting it in the context of her unsettled and stormy life. It recounts the influence of her formative years in France and her absorption in needlwork during years of imprisonment.… (more)
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Title:The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots
Authors:Margaret Swain
Info:Costume & Fashion Press (2004), Paperback
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I've loved this book from the very day I picked it up. The publisher is charmingly listed as:

Ruth Bean Publishers, Victoria Farmhouse, Carlton, Bedford MK43 7LP England.

I'm sure the actual location is more prosaic than my imagination.

This beautiful work has interesting historical data of Mary, and excellent discussions of "Women's Work" and insight into Mary, her imprisonment, and her life.

Recommended not just for those concerned with needlework, but for the historical insights as well. Thank you, Margaret Swain. ( )
  Lyndatrue | Dec 24, 2013 |
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A significant work in the history of costume and textiles, shedding new light on little known aspects of Mary Queen of Scots' life Although a large body of needlework has always been attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, little attempt was made to authenticate these pieces or to explain how so energetic and impetuous a woman could have found pleasure in the meticulous craft of embroidery. This is the first comprehensive study of the Queen as a needlewoman, describing all the works associated with her. Every piece marked by her cipher or monogram is illustrated in full. A biographical outline provides the framework for understanding her work by setting it in the context of her unsettled and stormy life. It recounts the influence of her formative years in France and her absorption in needlwork during years of imprisonment.

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