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Margaret George
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10 May 2012

Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles is the story of a woman born to rule a nation – and the glorious pageant of love and tragedy that followed in her wake. Mary's beauty inspired poetry – yet her birthright engendered hideous treachery and terrible, bloody murder.

This novel is Margaret George's magnificent recreation of the life of one of history's greatest legends. A woman accused of murdering her husband to marry her lover. A woman who became Queen six days after her birth in 1542 – only to be beheaded forty years later on the orders of her cousin, Elizabeth I . . .

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  • Paperback: 896 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New Ed edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330327909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330327909
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 175,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "A massive, erudite, and entertaining novel that skillfully weaves historical fact and plausible fiction." --"New York Newsday" "George has creative a lively, gallant Mary of intelligence, charm and terrible judgment...A popular, readable, inordinately moving tribute to a remarkable queen." --"Kirkus Reviews "(starred) "A painstakingly researched novel that makes history live. The author's deep sympathy for her subject renders Mary an entirely real and unforgettable heroine." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred) "An evocative portrait."-"-The New York Times Book Review" "Dramatic...Romantic...George makes Mary a heroine to identify with because of her spirit, wit and charm...A triumph." -"-Houston Chronicle"

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Margaret George is the author of several best-selling novels, including The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Called Magdalene and, most recently, Elizabeth I. She travels widely to research her novels and lives with her husband in Madison, Wisconsin.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars just superb!! 25 Aug 1999
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This book just left me wanting more from Margaret George. If you enjoy 'faction' you will love this. The characterisations are terrific and the historical accuracy fist class. Although written as the viewpoint of Mary, the characters of John Knox, Darnley, and James Stuart (her brother) are strong and compelling. I would not fail to give this book my strongest recommendation, so buy it now!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a highly recommended historical novel 6 May 1998
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I found this historical novel both fascinating and engrossing. George truly brings Mary to life; her character becomes human instead of a name in a history book. It also reads fast, and despite its length, I finished it in less than a week. The only caution I have is to make sure to read the author's historical note -- it's important to remember that this is not a factual account, that George had to research and make educated guesses about what happened in certain circumstances. Overall, though, I truly enjoyed this book while learning a great deal!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having read the Autobiography of King Henry VIII by Margaret George, I had high hopes for this, being fascinated by the story of Mary Queen of Scots, as most people are. I enjoyed the story very much, though it didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know. I thought the whole Bothwell thing was sort of glossed over to be honest, and was hoping for a more in-depth look at their relationship, and was surprised that the casket letters were mentioned in passing really. However, I thought the relationship (or lack of) betweeen Mary and Elizabeth was rivetting! I find it incredible that Elizabeth did nothing for so long, refusing to meet Mary, and letting her live even though she knew about the plots that she was involved in. Having said that, I appreciate that she could not condone the killing of a monarch, in case it gave any of her subjects an idea! Imprisoning Mary for all that time was in fact, more cruel than executing her, I feel. I know that the general feeling was that Mary sacrificed all for love, but did she really? She had no qualms about the killing of Darnley, she would not listen to advice, she was more than happy to take a married man as her lover, though she knew it could cost her the throne of Scotland, and her son, James. At times, I thought she made some horrendous mistakes, particularly when she decided to turn to Elizabeth for help instead of to France, where she had dower lands, and relations. Did she really expect help from Elizabeth after quartering the arms of England, and declaring herself Queen? She was either very naive, or very stupid. She did seem to blame everything but herself for her misfortunes, and at times I felt that I could have slapped her!! However, there is no doubt that hers was a very sad story, and she did have more than her fair share of grief. Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate and compassionate portrayal 16 Aug 2013
Mary, Queen of Scots, was the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland.
The tale of this beautiful woman, is one of the great tragedies of British history.
Margaret George, in this long book, brings Mary, and the Scotland, France and England of her time to life.
A sympathetic, but not idealistic portrayal of Mary as a woman who was warmhearted , loyal, brave, generous and spirited, but also unable to read character,volatile and impulsive.
The book takes us from Mary's birth, and her coronation as Queen of Scotland, when she was only a week old,she was shipped to France, for her own safety when she was six years old, together with her companions from early childhood , Mary Livingstone, Mary Fleming, Mary Beaton and Mary Seaton (the four Mary's).
Brought up in the French court , she was married to the Dauphin Francois at the age of 15, and widowed two years later.
She returned to Scotland, after the death of her husband , King Francois II, after his mother Catherine De Medici, made it clear she was no longer welcome in France.
Dealing with conniving Lords and officials , she was clearly outmanouvered at every turn. She was married to the worthless coward, Lord Darnley , who led a gang of conspirators ,into the palace and murdered her chief secretary David Riccio.
Later Darnley himself, died in myterious circumstances , for which George, in this volume, absolves Mary of any responsibility.
She then married her lover, the Earl of Bothwell , for which she lost the throne of Scotland. much due to the influence of the fiery Protestant preacher , John Knox, who nursed a vicious hatred of Mary.
She fled to England , where she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I , and after 20 years, was accused of plotting against Elizabeth, and executed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Queen Of Scotland.. 25 Jun 2011
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A very well written book, intersting, without bogging you down with lots of dates, and sticks to the great story,, If you love history, read this book,,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful and engaging 1 Jan 2011
This is an excellent novel about Mary Stewart; it neither falls into the trap of presenting her as an innocent saint, nor as an evil fool. I was unable to put it down, and would say that this is the best novel about Mary I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars About this Book 3 Feb 2010
This was the second book that I had read by the author. Having first read Henry VIII I was expecting the book to be writen in much the same way and was disappointed at first that it wasn't written as an autobiograpthy which was why Henry VIII was such a success. Having said that once I had got over the initial shock I started to enjoy the way the author brings it all alive for you. You actually feel that you are there in the room with Mary and her court.

I found the book to be exciting and very educational. The author is one of the best researchers that I have ever come across and although she is American you would never guess it. Don't let the fact that she is an American author put you off as she writes novels about English historical figures in a far superior way to any English writer that I have come across.

This book is actually a masterpiece which sits well on the shelf next to Henry VIII.
The cover design is appealing and if you have the time to read a big book then this is one not to be missed. Prepare to be educated and entertained.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book review
Well written, exciting, thoroughly recommend it- especially as I am a descendant of Mary of Guise.
could not find a better book on the subject.
Published 3 months ago by Bill Lannagan
4.0 out of 5 stars Mary Queen of Scotland
Nothing new about Marys story but told in a way that you could identify with the characters and felt you knew what caused them to make the decisionsthey made.
Published 9 months ago by Clare Chapplow
4.0 out of 5 stars Sympathetic portrait, but takes a while to get going
I had a bit of a difficult time getting into this book initially, as the first 100 pages break that Creative Writing 101 rule of not spending too long in the beginning describing a... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Isis
4.0 out of 5 stars very good read
I do like Margaret George's books. They are a 'bit different' being written as a diary. I have several of the others - Henry VIII, Cleopatra - and they are a very good, long... Read more
Published 12 months ago by J. S. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars A good fictional biopic
Margaret George once again delivers a page turning story of intrigue, lies and deceit. It also fills in many gaps in the story of Mary, Queen of Scots. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Peter Massingham
2.0 out of 5 stars Not great
I was a little disappointed in this book. I first must mention the absolute microscopic sized print of the pan edition. This made it quite hard to read. For me at least. Read more
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by A Reader from Stockport
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is everything that Sharon Penman's Sunne in Splendour isn't. There's breathing space for the reader to use their own imagination.
Published on 27 Nov 2007 by HBMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical Fiction at its Best
Margaret George was born in Nashville Tennessee. When not continuing research for her novels in such places as Egypt, Rome, Israel and England she lives with her husband in... Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2007 by J. Chippindale
3.0 out of 5 stars A confusing woman - an unhelpful book.
Mary Queen of Scots made so many ill-informed choices in her life that it is difficult to feel sympathy for her. Read more
Published on 6 May 2007 by Alexandra Coke
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