I agree. A very sympathetic portrayal of a lady in very difficult times. In the days when people were prepared to be burnt alive for their beliefs, how could anyone have moved from being Queen in Catholic France to Queen in a turbulent Protestant Scotland (and England) without compromising either their faith or their crown? A difficult story well explained; suitable for the serious historian as well as the curious amateur. Although the early chapters would be much improved with a cast list, the book developes into a romping good tale.
This set of two volumes provides a wonderful introduction to a complex and difficult time in Scottish history that is accessible to the novice and entertaining to the expert. A popular history that has a wonderful narrative voice in addition to its research, these books are a good investment for anyone - historian or historical enthusiast.
This is very readable and provides a completely fresh and plausible re-evaluation of of Mary's plight at the hands of Cecil, so adamantly determined to tarnish her image so that she would become unacceptable as Elizabeth's heir. His scheming was devious in the extreme.
I have read and enjoyed this book. I now have a somewhat better understanding of a rather turbulent period of Scottish political history and am looking forward to the second volume. Darnley really was a rotter.