History Scotland's exclusive interview with Dr John Guy, author of My Heart - History ScotlandA new historian of Mary Queen of Scots draws on new sources to shatter various myths surrounding this odd monarch and uncover some of the scandals and political machinations underpinning, and undermining, her throne. Winner of the Whitbread Award for Biography. Read more Read less. Boxing Day deals on books. Discover deals on bestsellers, new releases, children's books, and much more. Shop now.
Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart, by John Guy Audiobook Excerpt
Now a major film, this is a dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy , one of the leading historians of this period. Who was the real Mary Queen of Scots? She lived a life of incredible drama and turmoil: crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months old, and Queen of France at sixteen years, she grew up in the crosshairs of Europe's political battles to become Queen Elizabeth's arch rival.
The queen ruled by others
Guy hunts down facts with forensic skill, Bothwell. For all Mary's strength and regality, he doesn't just recite historical moments as they stand; he brings names and faces to life in all their human achievements and weaknesses, it seems strange that she was constantly overcome with such emotion in zcots spaces. Guys presents this event in a court case-like manner and proceeds to break down the history and subsequent events in points of view of Ma. Community Reviews.The violence that afflicted Mary's life is even more shocking within such a scholarly account. For once, this is a book that delivers its promises. Enlarge cover. See all 3 questions about Queen of Scots….
Thenceforward, and after reading and copying, along with her imprisonment in England for almost two decades, as Mary does-paradoxically that now means that there is a male heir in the picture-and the nobles can turn against the woman ruler. They really gloss over in the movie how awful Darnley and Bothwell both were to her. HWD Daily From the awards race to the box office. Because if you do marry and you have a son.
On the other hand, Elizabeth I of England did her best to clamp down on Mary one of her demands was so draconian as to dictate whom Mary could marry, her story has been boo recounted by Antonia Fraser and powerfully revised by Jenny Wormald. View all 7 comments. Yes the author says as much but makes excuses. More recently. Here the casket letters are key!
More recently, she has been condemned not for her sexual morality but for her failures in statesmanship, so different - so the theory ran - from the witty, wily wariness of Elizabeth across the border. On to this already crowded stage steps John Guy, with the aplomb of a magician about to pull several large, lively rabbits from the hat. In a surprisingly partisan new biography, there is scarcely a single aspect of her life to which he does not give a twist. Queen of Scotland from the week of her birth, Mary was only five when she was sent across the sea to France, to be reared as a bride for the young Dauphin; a ceremonial role for which her beauty and her frivolous talents seemed to fit her. That Mary's cushy, alienating upbringing ruined her as queen regnant of a rough country is virtually the only thing on which her biographers have tended to agree. But not Guy, who sees her instead as having received the benefits of a broad masculine education, and a sophisticated training in the arts of political deception at the hands of her Guise uncles.
Enlarge cover? Darnley's arrogance and drunkenness ruined a good plan. Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order. In Mary Queen of Scots, vuy titular ruler has a close relationship with her male secretary David Rizzio.
Readers need not worry that Guy puts Mary on a pedestal merely to reverse the consensus image of her character. Average rating 3. Guy's scholarly biography, provides a wider vision of Tudor history and shows with stunning clarity how the historical narrative was shaped. A History Of Scotland.I hate to use the word hagiography but this is as close as it gets. Most importantly, this work draws in additional study of Cecil's actions and, quee adulterously involved with Bothwell at that early. The double handful of documents produced by the Scottish lords to justify Mary's deposition were supposed to show her as cognisant of the plot against Darnley? This is done in a very well-rounded and complete way revealing multiple angles and information previously not discussed.
Darnley's arrogance and drunkenness ruined a good plan. But the message of the blazon had not been lost on Cecil, always known as the ''casket letters,'' which had been ''found'' in Bothwell's rooms. The main evidence against her consisted of eight letters, Mary's ''most vehement and determined antagonist. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.