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However, Jen's created a lovable and believable cast of fictional characters, and their story unfolds within the realistic and carefully researched Scots royal court and border lands of the day.
The book begins with discussion of an 'arranged marriage' between the reigning king's son, Prince Edward, and the the infant Queen Mary of Scotland. The treaty allowed for the wedding to happen when she was ten years old. For political reasons, and because the king in question was Henry VIII, suddenly there's huge pressure for the children to marry immediately. The king has offered a reward to any man who delivers the little queen to him.
Matho Spirston's pal, Harry Wharton, sees this as a way to advance himself. Matho is horrified. Harry asks his father to allow them to set out immediately because he estimates that England and Scotland will be at war within two weeks. I won't say more - if you like this kind of fiction and want real, believable border-country characters, you'll love this book.
I found the story gripping especially as I read much of it on a couple of train journeys, winding through the Trossachs and then the highlands of Scotland. However, Jen sets the scene very well and there are charts to differentiate the fictional characters from the historical ones as well as maps etc.
Loved Matho, Harry and Jonnet Dean, and lapped up the accurately portrayed accents and period details.
By Jen Black
Before I read Abduction of The Scots Queen by the talented Jen Black I knew very little about Scottish politics in that era. The author skilfully presents the historical personalities and politics of the day without detracting from a fascinating tale of plots and counter-plots, betrayal and love, ambition and greed.
A treaty has been arranged for the infant Queen Mary of Scotland to marry Henry VIII’s son, Prince Edward, when she is ten years old. For political reasons Henry now wants the children to marry immediately. The king has offered a reward to any man who delivers the queen to him.
Matho Spirston’s friend, Harry Wharton, sees this as a way to advance himself. Matho is horrified by the idea. Harry asks his father to allow them to set out immediately because he estimates that England and Scotland will be at war within two weeks.
The Dowager Queen, Arran the Regent and Cardinal Beton favour an alliance with France not Henry the VIII, so Matho becomes “convinced that the Scottish lords are as shifty as the traders at the quayside in Newcastle.” That is also true of a particular lady, Meg Douglas, who also wants to kidnap the queen. Half-sister of the late King of Scotland, who died at Flodden, Meg is the daughter of Henry VIII’s sister. Her father wants her to marry ambitious Mathew Stewart, Earl of Lennox, who has a claim to the throne of Scotland. Lennox courts Mary of Guise, the Dowager Queen, and Meg. At a time when many children died at an early age, if Queen Mary and Prince Edward die, Meg would inherit the thrones of England and Scotland. (Presumably, at that time, the princesses Mary and Elizabeth of England had been disinherited.)
Jen Black is expert at setting scenes.Read more ›
The exciting climax is brilliantly handled. Every scene takes the reader into the heart of the action and it's impossible to guess how it will all turn out till the end is reached.
Here Matho also meets the strong-willed Lady Meg Douglas who has her own reasons for encouraging Matho and manipulating him for her own ends. The complicated intrigues and rivalries of 16th century Scottish politics are deftly handled by the author, and the tension builds to a whirlwind of a climax, keeping the reader guessing till the end. An entertaining read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A really enjoyable read! I loved the characters of feisty Meg and brave, ambitious yet down-to-earth Matho. Read morePublished on 13 April 2015 by Caroline R
Handsome and loyal Matho Spirston and his friend Harry Wharton set out on a mission to abduct the 'Little Queen' and bring her to England. Read morePublished on 30 Dec. 2014 by L.Paley
Slow start but got better and better until i couldnt put it down until it was finishedPublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by Patricia. Ward