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A hugely impressive piece of research.
on 14 February 2007
Although the title makes you think of a romantic novel, this is a robust and intricate examination of Mary's life. She comes across as a sensitive, passionate, moderate woman who tried to deal with the powerful religious and political factions in her country and find a middle way in her dealings with them. The way she fell victim to the power-politics of her time is truly tragic. Film-makers could not invent such a dramatic, involving and complex story. This is miles better than fiction.
I did the tour of Holyrood Palace while I was reading this biography and to visit her rooms where Rizzio was murdered and see the stairway his body was bundled down, was really moving and awe-inspiring.