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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles : a…

Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles : a novel (original 1992; edition 1992)

by Margaret George

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Title:Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles : a novel
Authors:Margaret George
Info:New York : St. Martin's Press, 1992.
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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George (1992)

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    GT-M: If interested in the era, Margaret George does a wonderful job in both Autobiography of Henry the VIII and Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles. Not intended as a light read.

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Whew! I finally finished last night. It is an excellent book, as all Margaret George's books seem to be. It is laden with descriptive detail and this made it a bit slower going for me, more like the pace of a non-fiction book.
I have always wondered about Mary Stuart's supposed intelligence. How could her contemporaries have believed she was smart as well as beautiful, when her choices were so poor? This book makes it very clear that she let her heart-and her hormones-rule her head. She should have paid more attention to her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, who was the antithesis of Mary. Less trusting and willing to give her heart entirely away(of course her upbringing was entirely different from Mary's, actually quite bizarre)she was more successful in living her life and ruling her country. It's a sad story. A definite recommend for this book, but be prepared to take your time with reading. It's worth it. ( )
  a1stitcher | Jun 22, 2019 |
Superb read as all the books I've read by this author have been. (The Memoirs of Cleopatra and Mary Called Magdalene). This books tells the story of Mary from her birth to her execution. Today's politics has nothing on Tudor politics! 870 pages ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Aug 6, 2018 |
A fun and fast read, but I love all Margaret George's books. Set in France, Scotland and England between 1542-1587. ( )
  FoxTribeMama | Sep 24, 2016 |
This is the last (so far; there will be a new book about Nero in March 2017) of Margaret George's immense historical fiction biographical novels I needed to read.  It took me about a month and a half to do so, as it is 870 pages long.

Like the subjects of her other books, Mary, Queen of Scots is another misunderstood and often disliked historical figure.  I really did not know that much about her before reading this book.  My other encounters with her were always from the English viewpoint.  George's Mary is much more sympathetic.

In a short afterword, George explains some of her assumptions about the key questions in Mary's life (concerning her third husband Bothwell, the death of her second husband Darnley, the Casket letters, and plots against Elizabeth I, her jailer for the last 20 years of Mary's short life).  There are different interpretations of these events, and they affect the portrayal of Mary.

I found most of the book to be quite interesting.  The third part (the last 200+ pages), covering her imprisonment, was the hardest to get through, mostly because there is not a lot happening - Mary gets moved from castle to castle, and that seems to be about it.

I would rank this book as better than George's Helen of Troy and Mary, Called Magdalene, but not as good as The Autobiography of Henry VIII, The Memoirs of Cleopatra, and Elizabeth I.

© Amanda Pape - 2016

[I purchased this book some time ago at a Friends of the Library book sale.] ( )
1 vote riofriotex | Aug 6, 2016 |
Loved this book enough to plow through over 800 pages. Mary was a complicated individual. Determined to be Queen, she had the opportunity to be Queen of France through marriage, Queen of Scotland through inheritance, and Queen of England through inheritance. Neither of these worked out very well. ( )
  maryreinert | Apr 12, 2016 |
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She was a child crowned a queen....
A sinner hailed as a saint....
A lover denounced as a whore...
A woman murdered for her dreams...

Margaret George’s Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles brings to life the fascinating story of Mary, who became the Queen of Scots when she was only six days old. Raised in the glittering French court, returning to Scotland to rule as a Catholic monarch over a newly Protestant country, and executed like a criminal in Queen Elizabeth’s England, Queen Mary lived a life like no other, and Margaret George weaves the facts into a stunning work of historical fiction.

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