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"As enthralling as a detective story..."—Gerard Kilroy The New York Times Book Review
"Recent royal shenanigans look tame compared with what John Guy unearths in QUEEN OF SCOTS."—Claire Lui Entertainment Weekly
"Queen of Scots is a triumph of biography, artistry, and historical detective work. John Guy has produced a masterpiece, full of fire and tragedy."—Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana
"Rarely have first-class scholarship and first-class storytelling been so effectively combined."—John Adamson, Daily Telegraph
"[An] absorbing biography . . . meticulously researched . . . scholarly and intriguing."—Peter Ackroyd The Times of London
"A definitive biography. . . . Reads as thrillingly as a detective story, and is rich in detail and authoritative in its analysis."—Miranda Seymour, The Sunday Times
"I couldn't put this book down....Never before has [Mary's story] been told with such detail, accuracy, insight and drama."—Gerard DeGroot, Scotland on Sunday
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|1.||The First Year||12|
|2.||The Rough Wooings||27|
|3.||Arrival in France||41|
|6.||A Dynastic Marriage||82|
|8.||Return to Scotland||113|
|9.||Into the Labyrinth||128|
|10.||A Meeting Between Sisters||143|
|11.||A Search for a Husband||163|
|12.||"My Heart Is My Own"||178|
|13.||A Marriage of Convenience||194|
|15.||A Marriage in Trouble||224|
|18.||Plot and Counterplot||269|
|20.||A Love Match?||302|
|21.||Denouement in Scotland||323|
|24.||The Lords' Story||373|
|25.||Casket Letters I||384|
|26.||Casket Letters II||405|
|28.||An Ax or an Act?||446|
|30.||The Final Hours||483|
Posted February 16, 2009
I had previously read Phillipa Gregory's book on Mary and was curious to see how accurate she was with her research on the queen,she was good, but this book is ten times more detailed and portrays Mary Queen of Scots very well, although a doomed and used queen from the start to the finish.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 30, 2008
Thiss a truly magnificent read. Well researched and documented it is a truly absorbing biography. If you have read other books on the same subject and think you have made up your mind, read this one with an open mind and try to imagine how it would be trying to manage a kingdom when it seemed like everyone was against you at every turn. Obviouly psychologically and physically abused by subjects and husbands, it is amazing that she made it as far as she did. A woman with true grit who probably could have been an outstanding Queen if just given the chance. Don't miss this book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.