Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots

The True Life of Mary Stuart

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Houghton
The eminent British historian John Guy has unearthed a wealth of evidence that upends the popular notion of Mary Queen of Scots as a femme fatale and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.
Guy draws on sources as varied as the secret communiqués of English spies and Mary’s own letters (many hitherto unstudied) to depict her world and her actions with stunning immediacy. Here is a myth-shattering reappraisal of her multifaceted character and prodigious political skill. Guy dispels the persistent popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and poor judgment. Through his pioneering research, we come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of powerful factions the French, the English, duplicitous Scottish nobles, and religious zealots who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy’s investigation of Mary’s storied downfall throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, and offers convincing new evidence that she was framed for the murder for which she was beheaded.
Queen of Scots, the first full-scale biography of Mary in more than thirty years, offers a singularly novel, nuanced, and dramatic portrait of one of history’s greatest women.


Baker & Taylor
A new historian of Mary Queen of Scots draws on new sources to shatter various myths surrounding this odd monarch and uncover some of the scandals and political machinations underpinning, and undermining, her throne.

Book News
Guy (history, U. of Cambridge) turns to the original documents, rather than relying on the familiar printed collections or edited abstracts that are often compiled to perpetuate a particular legend of Stuart (1842-87). He portrays her as a whole women whose choices added up and whose decisions made sense, a shrewd and charismatic young ruler who relished power and managed to hold an unstable country together for a time. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2004
ISBN: 9780618254118
0618254110
Branch Call Number: 941.105 MARY GUY
Characteristics: xiii, 581 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm

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RobertPowers
Dec 11, 2015

Wonderfully written account of Mary Stuarts life. Reads like a novel with author Guy giving everyone their say in a real attempt to hear from all sides. Even the other seems to swing from liking Mary to loving her and then to realize that it was all in her own folly with the men in her life. Not a happy life but a fascinating one to read. Highly recommended.

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owenskri
Jan 28, 2011

A fascinating and thorough account of Mary Stuart's life and death. Reality is better than a soap opera.

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