"This book, and its sequel, can rightly claim to be among the definitive accounts of the most written about and turbulant periods of Scottish history. Robert Stedall claims to be an amateur historian but his attention to detail and use of original sources is astonishing. ... He gives [the story] a new twist and fresh resonance. For this alone the book is well worth reading. ... Mary herself appears in all her frail naivety as a mere pawn in the high stakes of European politics. She always picked the wrong men, but she never lacked for bravery, style and loyalty. For this she unquestionably deserves her very special place in Scotland's history."
Geordie Burnett Stuart - The Stewart Society Edinburgh