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Difficult times - well told
on 13 December 2014
This is an interesting book which tells what was going on in both Scotland and England from around 1485 to 1603, and explains clearly how Mary came to be Queen of Scots and why her claim to the crown of England too was so strong but never achieved. The political manoeuvrings, in which France also played a key role are explained, along with the battles which often followed in an interesting and very readable manner.
There are of course quite a cast of characters in these pages - the dramatis personae at the end of the book is very useful, as are the genealogies at the front to help to try to keep track of who is who especially if you have to put the book down for a few days.
Only about half of the book is about Mary - but this approach helps to set the scene in which she became queen, and what caused the very difficult times during which she reigned.
There is so much betrayal, double dealing, and self interested treachery in these pages- difficult times indeed