This is the definitive biography of Mary Queen of Scots. 2009 is the 40th anniversary of the publication of this marvellous biography which reads more like a novel than a factual history book. Packed with fascinating detail about one of the most famous women in British history this is a fantastic read and a must for those interested in the Tudor period.
Mary Queen of Scots passed her childhood in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of thirteen years.
Her life then entered its best known phase: the early struggles with John Knox, and the unruly Scottish nobility; the fatal marriage to Darnley and his mysterious death; her marriage to Bothwell, the chief suspect, that led directly to her long English captivity at the hands of Queen Elizabeth; the poignant and extraordinary story of her long imprisonment that ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and her execution at the age of forty-four.
'The writer injects intimacy and immediacy by quoting from contemporary sources giving them human side to the religious battles which raged over Elizabeth's succession.' The Observer
Publication date: 07/05/2009
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||7th May 2009|
|Publisher:||Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, History,|
Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works including the biographies, CROMWELL: OUR CHIEF OF MEN, KING CHARLES II and THE GUNPOWDER PLOT (CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger; St Louis Literary Award). She has written five highly praised books which focus on women in history, THE WEAKER VESSEL: WOMEN'S LOT IN SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY ENGLAND (Wolfson Award for History, 1984), THE WARRIOR QUEENS: BOADICEA¿S CHARIOT, THE SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, MARIE ANTOINETTE: THE JOURNEY (Franco-British Literary Prize 2001), which was made into a film by Sofia Coppola in 2006 and now most recently LOVE AND LOUIS XIV: THE WOMEN IN ...More About Antonia Fraser