Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

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In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history's greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy.

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ISBN-13: 9781630153694
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 12/07/2018
Edition description: Movie Tie-In Edition
Sales rank: 1,140,339
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 5.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

John Guy is an award-winning historian of Tudor England. A Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, he is the author of Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, a major international bestseller that won the Whitbread Award and the Marsh Biography Award and was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist.

Lucy Rayner is an award-winning British actress who has worked on both sides of the Atlantic in a number of theater productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world. She loves to tell stories and has narrated many wonderful audiobooks.

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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
EugeneTX More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is really exciting history, even if you have read about Mary with other authors, it will surprise you. The great dangers of the life she had to lead are made so clear - she was always known to have been hugely physically attractive, but she is shown to be much braver, cleverer and stronger than previously thought. The research is fascinating, makes sense of the new view of Mary. There are lots of personal details,which makes the story very real and immediate - I could not stop reading. Last time I did that was with the Antonia Fraser biography, years ago.
Anonymous 5 months ago
This book goes into detail regarding the life of Mary. It is very interesting and answers many questions.
Janine2011 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the few books about Marry Quuen of Scots that doesn't paint her out to be a woman ruled by her passions. Very well researched and balanced story of her life and death.
Angelic55blonde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a very thorough and interesting account about Mary Queen of Scots. The author, John Guy, attempts to answer the questions of the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, the marriage of Mary to Bothwell, and her plots against Elizabeth I. The author depicts Mary not as a "femme fatale" as many other historians have. He believes that she did not conspire to murder her husband. What is interesting is the extent to which the author explains the plot against Darnley and the whole marriage to Bothwell. He shows it from Mary's side, the lords' sides, and Bothwell's side.This is a long read (500 pages) but it is well worth it. John Guy is an exceptional writer and he sheds light on this very intriguing topic of Mary Queen of Scots who became queen as an infant and was beheaded after 18 years in captivity under Elizabeth I.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Couldn't be a more perfect voice to narrate the tumultuous life of Mary Stuart than the author John Guy. An unparalleled historian and consultant to BBC, Mr. Guy reads with depth and understanding as he traces the years of the doomed queen from her youth spent in France to her execution. There has not been a biography of Mary Stuart written in over a quarter of a century, and this is based on newly discovered documents that shed light on this enigmatic woman who has been presented as one who ruled emotionally rather than cerebrally. It is, of course, a first rate bio that reads as excitingly as any contemporary drama. Listeners who enjoy not only history but an up close look at court machinations, plotting, and subterfuge will be enthralled by Mr. Guy's epic study. Offering previously ignored evidence, the author posits that she was wrongfully incarcerated and finally beheaded, framed by her enemies. Hers was indeed a life that stands larger than the most imaginative fiction. - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ive ever read on Mary, the author starts out slow in the first 3 chapters but after that u cant stop reading! He really gives a more human and impressive account of Mary's story, not only does it entrap you but you know what ur reading its accurate b/c he relies on Mary's letters and documents of the age, this book its excellent and if u want to read on teh Queen of Scots ull want to read this book