My Heart Is My Own

My Heart Is My Own

The Life of Mary Queen of Scots

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A dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Crowned Queen of Scotland at nine months of age, and Queen of France at 16, at 18 Mary ascended the throne that was her birthright and began ruling one of the most fractious courts in Europe, riven by religious conflict and personal lust for power. She rode out at the head of an army in both victory and defeat; saw her second husband assassinated, and married his murderer. She was a woman so magnetic, so brilliant in conversation that her cousin, Elizabeth I, refused to meet her in the course of their lifetimes for fear of being overshadowed or outwitted. death would release her. The life of Mary Stuart is one of unparalleled drama and conflict. From the labyrinthine plots laid by the Scottish lords to wrest power for themselves, to the efforts made by Elizabeth's ministers to invalidate Mary's legitimate claim to the English throne, John Guy returns to the archives to explode the myths and correct the inaccuracies that surround this most fascinating monarch. He also explains a central mystery: why Mary would have consented to marry - only three months after the death of her second husband, Lord Darnley - the man who was said to be his killer, the Earl of Bothwell. He also solves, through careful re-examination of the Casket Letters, the secret behind Darnley's spectacular assassination at Kirk o'Field. reckless plot against Elizabeth - and thus to her own execution. The portrait that emerges is not of a political pawn or a manipulative siren, but of a shrewd and charismatic young ruler who relished power and, for a time, managed to hold together a fatally unstable country. The book is a work of historical scholarship that offers radical new interpretations of an ancient story.
Publisher: London ; New York : Fourth Estate, 2004.
ISBN: 9781841157528
184115752X
Branch Call Number: 941.105 M393gu2
Characteristics: xii, 574 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Guy, J. A. (John Alexander).
Alternative Title: Life of Mary Queen of Scots

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Nov 21, 2017

This is the best book I have ever read. Highly recommend to all non-fiction fans and fans of royal history.

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Nov 21, 2017

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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