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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart Hardcover – Import, 7 Apr 2004

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Few royal figures from the pages of European history continue to fascinate historian and lay reader alike as much as Mary Stuart, the ill-fated queen of Scots, who has come down to us dressed in the raiment of legend. British historian Guy delves deeply into previously little-mined archival evidence, and, aided by a felicitous style (no drifting into dry lecturing), he arrives not at a whitewash but at a restoration of Queen Mary with respect to the truth about the quality of her character and her performance as monarch. The easiest and quickest way to judge Mary Stuart has always been to compare her to her cousin and fellow queen-sovereign Elizabeth Tudor. Guy, on the other hand, takes Mary on her own terms, seeing as "stereotype" the long-perpetuated concept that Mary "ruled from her heart" while Elizabeth "ruled from the head." Mary's is a complicated story, as were Scottish politics at the time, but Guy explicates the complications--including Mary's marriages, her struggle with the Scottish lords, the murder of her second husband, and her long incarceration and eventual execution in England--with both authority and clear illumination. A major biography. Brad Hooper
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"Spirited and satisfying....Guy's account has all the twists and turns of a good thriller--and plenty of horror, too." -- Review

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (7 April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618254110
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618254118
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.8 x 22.9 cm
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