Mary Queen Of Scotland And The Isles Paperback – 10 May 2012
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"The best kind of historical novel, one the reader can't wait to get lost in." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "A massive, erudite, and entertaining novel that skillfully weaves historical fact and plausible fiction." --"New York Newsday" "George has creative a lively, gallant Mary of intelligence, charm and terrible judgment...A popular, readable, inordinately moving tribute to a remarkable queen." --"Kirkus Reviews "(starred) "A painstakingly researched novel that makes history live. The author's deep sympathy for her subject renders Mary an entirely real and unforgettable heroine." --"Publishers Weekly "(starred) "An evocative portrait."-"-The New York Times Book Review" "Dramatic...Romantic...George makes Mary a heroine to identify with because of her spirit, wit and charm...A triumph." -"-Houston Chronicle"
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The tale of this beautiful woman, is one of the great tragedies of British history.
Margaret George, in this long book, brings Mary, and the Scotland, France and England of her time to life.
A sympathetic, but not idealistic portrayal of Mary as a woman who was warmhearted , loyal, brave, generous and spirited, but also unable to read character,volatile and impulsive.
The book takes us from Mary's birth, and her coronation as Queen of Scotland, when she was only a week old,she was shipped to France, for her own safety when she was six years old, together with her companions from early childhood , Mary Livingstone, Mary Fleming, Mary Beaton and Mary Seaton (the four Mary's).
Brought up in the French court , she was married to the Dauphin Francois at the age of 15, and widowed two years later.
She returned to Scotland, after the death of her husband , King Francois II, after his mother Catherine De Medici, made it clear she was no longer welcome in France.
Dealing with conniving Lords and officials , she was clearly outmanouvered at every turn. She was married to the worthless coward, Lord Darnley , who led a gang of conspirators ,into the palace and murdered her chief secretary David Riccio.
Later Darnley himself, died in myterious circumstances , for which George, in this volume, absolves Mary of any responsibility.
She then married her lover, the Earl of Bothwell , for which she lost the throne of Scotland. much due to the influence of the fiery Protestant preacher , John Knox, who nursed a vicious hatred of Mary.
She fled to England , where she was imprisoned by Queen Elizabeth I , and after 20 years, was accused of plotting against Elizabeth, and executed.Read more ›
The writing in these first 100 pages or so isn't terrible as such, but it feels detached and succumbs too much to tell over show and info dumping, so I can well understand why some readers find this book difficult to get into. It shouldn't take 100 pages to get going. Thankfully, things start picking up as Mary returns to Scotland.Read more ›
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Decided it was time to find out about this lady, and what better way than a Margaret George book ..... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Sue sprague
I love historical fiction and I adored the autobiography of Henry VIII but this seemed to drag on and on with nothing much happening, although I finished it I lost interest... Read morePublished 11 months ago by jill murray
Very well written. This book gives a good insight into the feelings of MaryPublished 19 months ago by Layla Hughes
Well written, exciting, thoroughly recommend it- especially as I am a descendant of Mary of Guise.
could not find a better book on the subject.
Nothing new about Marys story but told in a way that you could identify with the characters and felt you knew what caused them to make the decisionsthey made.Published on 6 July 2013 by Amazon Customer