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Personal and political naivete lead to Mary Stuart's downfall in George's massive, painstakingly researched novel, a Literary Guild selection in cloth.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
By the author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII (1986), another vast involvement with a legendary royal. The Scots queen (1542-1587), crowned at nine months, shipped out for a French marriage at seven, became queen of France at 16 for a year and a half, then returned to Scotland after the death of the French king- -to four years of early triumph and then tragedy, two marriages, warfare, betrayal, power struggles, dazzling escapes, and, at the last, a flight to England--and doom. George has created a lively, gallant Mary of intelligence, charm, and terrible judgment--in outline true enough, and fictionally persuasive. Unlike cousin Elizabeth I of England, Mary enjoyed a richly cosseted and loving childhood and youth; arriving back in Scotland then--a Scotland bristling with religious ferment, plots, and a history of regencies--is a shock, at first bewildering, then exhilarating. But there are the trumpet blasts of Reformed Kirk theologian John Knox against a female ruler (and a Catholic to boot) and the obvious intent of the Queen's inner circle of lords to rule for her. There's also Mary's stubborn, disastrous choice of a husband--the ``blue and gold lad,'' Lord Darnley, soon slipped into drink and debauchery and even murder. Mary's second husband after Darnley's murder (George absolves Mary of a conscious plot) is the Earl of Bothwell, here given an unusually heroic cast. Throughout, there are astonishing escapes, nick-of-time rescues by Bothwell, fleeting interludes of lovers' joys--as well as betrayal, sieges, and abuse, sadly from the people who once cheered her (``the people...with all their pitchforks, fervous and bad breath...mutable...but stronger than granite''). At the last- -another truly terrible decision--Mary flees to Elizabeth I for sanctuary, and is imprisoned for 20 years while the dismayed English queen makes up her mind. With a seamless use of original letters, diaries, and poems: a popular, readable, inordinately moving tribute to a remarkable queen. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Margaret George does a great job, as always. A must read for Mary QoS fans.Published 1 month ago by tarnation
Enjoyed this book very much. In fact I gave it away and repurchased as I want to read it again.Published 1 month ago by Lynne Mclaughlin
I enjoy history and found just enough fiction added to fact to make this a fascinating tale. Although the time period wording at times can be a struggle to get through it gives... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jackie Lynn Crook Butler
I really enjoyed this. It was told from an interesting perspective.Published 2 months ago by Stephanie
Actually it was my wife who read it and reviewed it. I'm just her secretary. She very much enjoys the author and was very happy with this book.Published 2 months ago by William Connolly
If you aren't daunted by the fact Margaret George writes novels not short stories you'll appreciate this authors work. Every book she's written is so well done... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Arachne
Just about any chapter in this book has the potential to be a screenplay. What a life Mary had...seems in the end she was as much responsible for her end as any of her enemies... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. C. Dixon Photography
An incredible story, exceptionally written; Margret George had done it again. It's hard to imagine the contents of these pages actually happening, it all happened nonetheless. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael
This is a terrific historical novel that gives a great. sense of that time period with a human touch.Published 3 months ago by Christa Bean