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Mary, Queen of Scots: Truth or Lies Hardcover – 22 Oct 2010

4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: St Andrew Press (22 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715209361
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715209363
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr. Rosalind Marshall is the greatly respected writer and historian author of 14 titles including biographies of John Knox, Mary, Queen of Scots and Mary of Guise. She has broadcast and lectured widely, specializing in social history and the 16th and 17th centuries.


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Format: Hardcover
This intriguing and beautifully produced gem of a book is a hardback joy for only 9.99. The distinguished historian of Scotland, Rosalind K. Marshall, has distilled her vast knowledge of Scottish history into a clear and readably concise interpretation of the myths and rumours which have raged about that enigmatic Queen for centuries.

The book asks and answers ten questions about the most intriguing aspects of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots: her religion, her patriotism, her love affairs, her supposed adultery with her secretary Rizzio and her alleged murder of her husband Lord Darnley. It delves into the question of whether her third husband Bothwell was an early lover; whether she actually met Elizabeth I of England, and ends with a consideration of just how foolish or how clever she was.

Susan Groag Bell
Clayman Institute for Gender Ressearch
Stanford University
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Rosalind Marshall has created the perfect antidote to televison's recent wave of historical sex and violence dramas. Her writings sift and clarify key areas of historical muddle and murk -- but there is no need to fear that this book belongs to the ranks of self-aggrandizing revisionist tracts. Marshall writes with an even hand and a level head. She succeeds in informing without pedantry and delighting without over-simplification. This is indeed a small and charming book to recommend to enthusiasts of informed, well-written history.
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Marshall's book manages to be both an excellent record of history and a thoroughly enjoyable read. Drawing on a range of sources, she examines - and explodes - many of the myths surrounding Mary Queen of Scots exploring her early life in France through to her involvement in the political intrigues of the century. This thoroughly researched book sheds new light on Mary Queen of Scot's personal life, political leanings and historical significance. This is a book sufficiently detailed for the serious historian yet accessible enough for the `history tourist' and I would thoroughly recommended it to a wide audience.
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This new book about Mary Queen of Scots adds a fascinating new dimension to her life of which so much has been written over the years. Was she heroine or villain? shrewd or naive? The author, a renowned Scottish historian, unravels fact from myth in her tragically short and dramatic life.

Running at just over 120 pages and reasonably priced this is a concise, easy to follow read that I can recommend to both those already familar with the subject and those interested in history generally.
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This is a very readable new book on Mary Queen of Scots. Although you may think this subject has been covered before and there is nothing new to tell... you would be very wrong. There are numerous new facts included here and the format helps as it covers all the half truths that have been told about Mary for centuries.. and helps clear the facts from the fiction. She was the Princess Diana of her day and her story has to be one of the most intriguing in not just scots history but world history.
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Dr. Rosalind Marshall, in elegant and scholarly style, plunges her readers into the murky depths of sixteenth-century Scottish, English and French history and emerges triumphantly with crystal-clear answers to the eternal questions posed by this most enigmatic of Scotland's Queens. A fascinating and very informative analysis.
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