Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

Antonia Fraser

Language: English

Pages: 640

ISBN: 038531129X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Author of Marie Antoinette

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head.

Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, rape and even murder. Betrayed by those she most trusted, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, Elizabeth I.

Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time.

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Hundred harquebusiers round it for protection, and the prince was handed into the care of the Erskine family as his hereditary governors. In delegating the upbringing of her child in this manner, Mary Stuart was in no way deviating from normal practice, and certainly not showing herself a cold or unfeeling mother. Fosterage was on the contrary the standard custom of the Scottish noble families, who handed over their children in babyhood, and the custom of fosterage, being regarded as a mark of.

Reiterated theme of the ‘ill luck’ of the writer (quite inconsistent with Mary’s fortunes at this date) and her jealousy of some rival who has not ‘the third part of the faithfulness and voluntary obedience that I bear unto you’. Who was the rival who in February 1567 had the advantage over Mary in Bothwell’s affections? The only possible answer was his wife Jean Gordon. Yet the writer of the letter deliberately compares herself to Medea, the first wife of Jason, whom he deserts to marry Glauce –.

Scotland were about to take another dramatic turn: on 11th January, 1570, the regent Moray fell dead, struck down by the bullets of an assassin in the main street at Linlithgow; the story that he fell a victim to the vengeance of a poor man whose wife he had driven out into the snow, to meet her death, has long since been exploded. In fact his assassin was a Hamilton, and the Hamilton archbishop of St Andrews had at least foreknowledge of the plot. The death of Moray drew to an end the career of.

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Cat…’, and the review goes on from there. It was my mother, Elizabeth Longford, ever a stalwart in this kind of situation, who made it all right. She asked cautiously: ‘Did you put her books (on Elizabeth I and Leicester) in your bibliography?’ ‘No.’ I added that I admired the work of Elizabeth Jenkins but had not included it in my bibliography since I hadn’t drawn upon it for the book. ‘Ah,’ said my mother. After that it all got better because the next lesson learned was that reviews, like.

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