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Mary Queen of Scots: An Illustrated Life

by Susan Doran

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If you're looking for an in depth book about Mary Queen of Scots, look elsewhere. If, however, what you're looking for is an overview of her entire life (including the mysterious murder of her 2nd husband and her 14 years as Elizabeth I's prisoner in England), this is a great book for that. It's also filled with pictures of documents, portraits and drawings of the people and events in Mary's life (including a sketch of her execution in England). Informative, without going into a lot of detail, I recommend this for people wanting to know just a little about Mary and as an introduction the warped and twisted intertwinings of English, French, Spanish, and Scottish politics. ( )
  AuntieClio | Feb 23, 2013 |
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Mary, Queen of Scots polarized entire nations, weathered multiple romantic scandals, and immersed herself in intrigues and subterfuge to advance her claim to the British throne—a prolonged political battle which culminated in her notoriously botched and bloody beheading at the decree of Elizabeth I. It’s no wonder she has captured the imaginations of millions over the centuries, or that her dramatic life story has been recounted in plays, poems, songs, operas, and films. But now Susan Doran offers a fresh and compelling look at Mary’s life, narrated through vivid illustrations and analysis of the documents that form the original basis of our knowledge of this celebrated figure.
            An acclaimed scholar of Elizabethan history, Doran expertly recreates the life and work of Mary, Queen of Scots in an engaging and informed narrative, revealing a wholly new—and deeply human—dimension to her tumultuous and tragic saga. From her flight to France to the murders of her secretary and second husband to her final eighteen years as a virtual prisoner in England, each major stage of Mary’s life unfolds in fascinating detail, as Doran draws from a vast array of archival materials—including numerous letters and records set in their full historical context—and vivid portraiture from the period.
            This brilliantly illustrated biography of Mary, Queen of Scots paints a compelling and engrossing picture of the infamous queen and her tempestuous life. An invaluable read for every Anglophile, Mary Queen of Scots places the queen squarely on her rightful historical throne.

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Royal lives are invariably packed with incident, but few can match the drama and intrigue that marked out Mary Queen of Scots. Forced to flee Scotland at the age of five, she grew up without her mother, was married at fifteen and widowed just a few days before her eighteenth birthday - a pattern of upheaval that was to characterize the rest of her life. Returning to Scotland, she married again (unhappily), gave birth to her only child, who would later betray her, suffered the horror of her secretary and second husband being murdered, endured abduction and rape by a third, and finally captivity and escape from a remote castle in the Highlands. Her last eighteen years as a prisoner in England, while certainly quieter, continued to be marked by conspiracy and intrigue, and a fraught relationship with her cousin Elizabeth I. Perhaps, then, her execution in February 1587 was an inevitable conclusion to a life that had seen her fall tragically from power and splendour into confinement and despair.… (more)

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