- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (1 Aug. 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842126342
- ISBN-13: 978-1842126349
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 5.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 992,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Mary Queen Of Scots (WOMEN IN HISTORY) Paperback – 1 Aug 2002
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In this classic, very readable biography, now available in a new edition, Antonia Fraser does full justice to a fascinating woman. (WATERSTONES BOOKS QUARTERLY)
More books have been written about Mary, Queen of Scots than almost any other being, yet few have matched Fraser's for elegance, sophistication and soul. (Rosemary Goring HERALD)
Mary's tragic story...is told with authority and compassion. (CHOICE)
The poignant descriptions of her long imprisonment are both moving and detailed and reveal just why the book became an international bestseller. (HUDDERSFIELD DAILY EXAMINER) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
There are plenty of pictures to aid the text (although a map would of been a plus - to show locations of some the events in her life) and I learnt that Crichton castle, near where my brother used to live, has a part to play in her story which surprised me.
A must read.
I loved this book about her. Antonia Fraser really brings her subject to life, truly a 3 dimensional portrait painted in words. This book is so full of detail, none of which feels unnecessary. There is no skipping bits because they are dull and/or irrelevant. I also got the impression that Antonia Fraser liked her subject, that she too had at some time felt distressed that this woman met such a horrible end, the culmination of a life spent largely in captivity. The author does a splendid job of conveying the frustration of Mary's position as a "guest" of Queen Elizabeth I.
This book is interesting and well-written. I find that even the most interesting history books and/or biographies often have dry sections that I skim but that wasn't the case at all with this particular book. There are long discussions of the moral and political issues surrounding Mary's captivity but they are written in such a way that they engage the reader. In some ways the author had a head start, given the subject matter. Even the bare bones of Mary's story are interesting but Antonia Fraser has certainly doen her subject justice.
I think this is one of the best historical biographies I have ever read. The subject comes alive and almost jumps out of the book. By the end of this book I felt like I had known Mary all my life and overall my impression of her was favourable.Read more ›
On the whole though, I tend to agree with Fraser's sympathetic portrait of Mary Stuart. I felt that, despite her flaws as a ruler of Scotland (with its admittedly mind-boggling religious/political factions) and her possible role in Darnley's death, that she did not deserve to be imprisoned in England for 19 years, or to be executed following a rigged trial and being set up. Her execution was in any case illegal, as Mary was not a subject of Elizabeth but a queen in her own right.
In summary, I would recommend this book. Watch out for the typos though.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fraser writes beautifully, has encouraged me to read more history.Published 7 months ago by bracken
Poor state of condition when received , but didn't effect the excellent read.Published 10 months ago by Andrew Hargreaves
This was the first Biography of Mary, Queen of Scots I ever read, as a teenager back in 1998. Found it in the School Library. Very well written and sympathetic to its subject. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Musical anorak
Antonia Fraser always makes history look easy. As usual it is well researched.Published 13 months ago by Robert A Barber
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