Book Reviews of Fatal Majesty: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots

Fatal Majesty: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots
Fatal Majesty A Novel of Mary Queen of Scots
Author: Reay Tannahill
ISBN-13: 9780312198817
ISBN-10: 0312198817
Publication Date: 1/1999
Pages: 466
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 11 ratings
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Book Type: Hardcover
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I had a hard time getting into the book because the writing is very tedious (some sentences were a paragraph long). But towards the middle, I was glad I stuck it out. It was an interesting telling of a powerful historical period.
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An average retelling of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots.
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Wonderful book, read like fiction. Great details about Mary Queen of Scots, some I had known, some I didn't know previously. Highly recommended!
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Love, Politics, Murder, and Betrayal....the story of Mary Queen of Scots.....but this is no conventional retelling of a fascinating yet familiar tale.
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Well written with lots of detail.
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Dense but enjoyable for Elizabethan era buffs.
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Love, Politics, Murder and Betrayal.

In Fatal Majesty, critically acclaimed novelist Reay Tannahill immerses readers in the tragedy of Mary, Queen of Scots-but this is not a conventional retelling of a fascinating yet familiar tale.
Eighteen-year-old Mary returns from the sophisticated French court to claim her throne in cold, backward Scotland. A gloomy reception proves least among the naive young monarch's challenges: her arrival provides the opportunity for smoldering vendettas to explode and for intricate conspiracies to form and then unravel. Intrigue besets her on every side. Mary's self-righteous brother, James, seeks to rule in her place; her brilliant Secretary of State, Lethington, dedicates his energies to placing the Stuarts on the throne of England; and her cousin, Elizabeth I, dazzling and unscrupulous, fears Mary as a threat to her crown and to her life.
Mingling a poet's passion with a historian's insight, Tannahill chronicles an era of easy violence, desperate action, and grand conspiracy. In this book, masterful characterization combines with lightning pace and classic plotting to deliver a tragic romantic saga with all the complexity of a major political thriller.