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The Survival of the Crown - Volume II: The Return to Authority of the Scottish Crown following Mary Queen of Scots' Deposition from the Throne 1567-1603 Hardcover – 27 Feb 2014
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'A hefty tome that is definitely one for the history scholar....the concluding part of Stedall's heavily researched history of Mary, Queen of Scots offering a detailed contribution to our understanding of this most significant period in the history of the Scottish crown' --Scottish Field
'Well told and researched... provides fresh insights into the various plots to free Mary Queen of Scots.' --Scotland Today
'This book, and its sequel, can rightly claim to be among the deﬁnitive accounts of the most written about and turbulent periods of Scottish history. Robert Stedall claims to be an amateur historian but his attention to detail and use of original sources is astonishing. The story bears no repeating but he gives it a new twist and fresh resonance. For this alone the book is well worth reading' --The Stewarts Vol. 24 No3 2014 (The magazine of the Stewart Society Edinburgh)
About the Author
Robert Stedall was educated at Marlborough College and McGill University, Montreal. Alongside his career as a chartered accountant he has also carried out a detailed study of the genealogy of the Scottish peerage (1500-1650). He published The Challenge to the Crown, the first volume of his history of Mary Queen of Scots, with Book Guild in 2012. He lives in Petworth, West Sussex.
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But although well written, this is no light read, much more a serious contribution to our understanding of the history of a period of profound change with far-reaching consequences for the British Isles. In all, Robert Stedall's book is a quarry of valuable information and insights for the student of history.
Robert Stedall clearly and sympathetically describes the delicate path that Mary Queen of Scots trod in her later years, balancing the complexities of Scottish and English court life with her ambitions for herself and her son James. Ultimately she succeeded, but at a high personal cost.
One small criticism is that Robert gives too little space to the reasons why Mary decided to throw herself on Elizabeth's mercy in the first place. However, this subject is well discussed in his first book "The Challenge to the Crown", which I would also recommend.
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