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This review is from: Mary Queen of Scots: A Novel (Paperback)
While reading this juvenile monstrosity I kept wondering if this book was written by an adult, as it was so incredibly awful and shockingly historically inaccurate (from someone who is a historian), I wondered if it was written by a teenager who was basing the characters on her high school friends.
The whole book comes off like a terrible afternoon soap; for example Mary's mother (who never lived in reality to see her grandson, and despite being a member of the powerful de Guise family) takes up farming in Scotland and lives in a little cottage with Mary's daughter by Bothwell (whom Mary visits periodically) and makes no attempt to rescue her daughter from her fate. Had she done so I wouldn't have put it past the author to have her crash the execution by driving a horse and trap while wielding a sword, as Bothwell lashed furiously on the reigns while the ghost of Darnley caused the walls to crumble necessitating a glorious escape. Yes. Its that stupid, especially the ending with Elizabeth having her guards kick Mary's lover as she burns some politically incriminating letters in front of her in Darnley's tomb.
No. I'm not kidding.