Mary Queen of Scots Author:Antonia Fraser More than four hundred years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Mary grew up in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of thirteen years. H... more »er life then entered its best known phase: the early struggles with John Knox and unruly Scottish nobility; the marriage to Darnley followed by his mysterious death; her marriage to Bothwell, the chief suspect, leading to her long English captivity at the hands of Queen Elizabeth, which ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and finally her execution at the age of forty-four.
Fraser's classic biography, four years in the writing, enters fully into the life of an historical figure to the question, `What was Mary Queen of Scots really like?' The book won the James Tait Prize when it was first published in 1969, became a bestseller and was translated into nine languages.
`Lady Antonia Fraser tells Mary's story movingly and yet with scholarship, insight and balance. It is the sort of biography of Mary which has long been needed.' The Scotsman
`A fluent narrative style, a perfect eye for physical detail, a rich sense of the black comedy that the period demands and a high feeling for the central tragedy' Sunday Times« less