My Heart Is My Own
The Life of Mary Queen of ScotsBook - 2004
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This book starts off with Mary Stuart and her execution at the hands of her first-cousin once-removed Elizabeth I Tudor. John Guy takes you through her life starting off with her birth, which was a disappointment to her father, James V of Scotland, but a joy to her mother the formidable Marie of Guise. Her father James V died and Mary was declared the first Queen Regnant of Scotland at age 6 days (excluding the young Margaret, Maid of Norway whom many do not consider to be a true monarch given she died at age 7 and never stood upon Scottish soil). Mary was subject to the rough wooing by great-uncle, the bloodthirsty Henry VIII and Scotland was repeatedly ravished through the intent of forcibly marrying her to his son and heir, the ill-fated and sickly Edward VI. At first a marriage was agreed upon, this was subsequently rescinded upon a more favourable marriage to the young Dauphin of France (the future Francis II of France). Guy expertly takes you through the life of the beautiful and long unfairly criticised Mary, Queen of Scots, with an uncanny ability to make the story flow as if a novel. Guy has gone to extreme lengths to find new and previously unseen documents which have until his book not seen the light of day for various reasons. His conclusions are fairly and reached without any bias. Many criticise Guy for his ability to find sympathy for the Queen of Scots, however in my personal opinion the sympathy for this tragic Queen is fairly placed and balanced. I highly recommend this book to all. I requested this book to be purchased by the library and although I was initially rejected I managed to convince the library to purchase the book. I hope everyone will enjoy it and thank you to Yarra Plenty for purchasing my favourite book.
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