Mary Queen of Scots Author:Antonia Fraser Warmth, sympathy, and compassion blend magnificently in this remarkably human biography of one of history's most controversial figures. In this monumental work, Antonia Fraser depicts all the romance, color, comedy, and tragedy that tempered the life and times of Mary Stuart, a woman who survived religious revolt and political opposition in her... more » native land only to be denied her freedom, and eventually her life, by her rival and kinswoman, Elizabeth.
"Mary, Queen of Scots" convincingly repudiates the popular notion of Mary as a violent and tyrannical ruler. Instead, she is seen as an intensely feminine, regal yet tragic figure, a woman more sinner against than sinning, a woman consistently and treacherously betrayed by those closest to her. Her golden years as a French princess, when she was cherished and protected by her mother's House of Guise, and her brief marriage to the French king Francis II present a vivid contrast to the bitterness and unrelenting hatred she faced when she left her adoptive land to reenter Protestant Scotland as its Catholic ruler. Her ill-fated marriages to Darnley and Bothwell, her incessant struggle with political and religious saboteurs, her flight to England and subsequent imprisonment - all provoke the fierce religious and personal loyalties that led to her execution at Fotheringhay.
Antonia Fraser's impressive scholarship brings new historic insight to Mary, Queen of Scots - her wisdom and courage as a sovereign, her virtue and devotion as a wife and mother, her lonely struggle to preserve her crown, her nation, and her legacy.« less