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Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2006

    A fabulous study

    Weir does it again! After having read her biography of Elizabeth I (another great read) and having an interest in Mary Stuart anyway, I enthusiastically delved into this work. Weir painstakingly explores primary sources and incorporates ample background material. She doesn't try to indoctrinate her readers with a certain view, although she makes it clear how she feels. On the contrary, she presents a fair picture of the nobles involved and the political and relgious climates. She isn't in any way unfair to Mary Stuart herself, nor is she unfair to the 'bad guys', either. Rather, she carefully discerns from primary sources the characters and motives of the various players in the story. She takes you through everything (and I do mean everything) as if settting up a geometric proof. Nothing is assumed, no step is skipped. A must for anyone with an interest in Mary, Elizabeth, or the study of history in general.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

    Thoroughly fascinating!

    I have become a fan of Alison Weir's historical writings and have enjoyed reading many of her books. I studied King James I of England, VI of Scotland quite extensively for my Master's thesis and was intrigued by his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots. This book is an excellent in depth look at Mary's life and it's an enjoyable read as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    No new information

    I had expected some wonderful revelation in reference to Mary and Darnley's marriage and his death. There wasn't one! To me, the book was a re-hash of everything I've ever read, both biographical and fictional. I had difficulty with Ms. Weir's interpretations of The Casket Letters. She would translate the supposed meaning of the letter in a format that made me wonder where she ever came up with her conclusions. As for the conclusions, I couldn't see where she could possibly have come up with her deductions. In all fairness, it may be the way in which The Casket Letters were written, in the Old English style. What was appreciated, though, was that I finally had a sense of who all the main characters were and how they were placed in the story...from Moray, Maitland, and Huntly, to Lennox, Morton, and Bothwell. I do agree with Ms. Weir's ultimate hypothesis, though....that Mary was innocent of the crime, albeit she probably knew something was afoot due to a conference with some leading nobles, and that The Casket Letters were most probably either all forgeries or actual letters tampered with. Thing is....other books which I have read have said this already! As previously mentioned...there was nothing new in this book.

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