1. Child Queen, Daughter of the Auld Alliance * 2. Becoming Queen of France * 3. Her Majesty in Scotland * 4. Prisoner of the English Queen * 5. Epilogue: The Wide Theatre of the World * Family Connections to the Queen of Scots; Chronology; Select Bibliography and Sources; List of Places
The story of Mary, the beautiful and free-spirited Queen of Scots, resonates down the centuries and continues to hold a special place in the public imagination.
Susan Watkins writes and lectures regularly on English social history in the UK and abroad, as well as making guest appearances on radio and television. She is also the author of the internationally acclaimed book Jane Austen: In Style and Elizabeth I, both published by Thames & Hudson.
Although most writings about Mary Stuart (1542-87), Queen of Scots, have been historically inaccurate, modern scholarship has revealed the details of her dramatic life as wife to three husbands and queen in three kingdoms (France, Scotland, and England). Any new work on Mary should provide a fresh interpretation or presentation. Watkins (Jane Austen: In Style) has attempted the latter in an illustrated history, yet the result is neither a quality coffee-table book nor a readable biography. The lavish photographs of historical places and high-quality illustrations cannot make up for an overly dramatic narrative full of simplistic historical judgments. None of the period quotations has scholarly attribution, and most are presented in a bold, oversized font, often literally unreadable as they are superimposed on illustrations. Lastly, a book that lists in its bibliography James A. Mackay's In My End Is My Beginning (St. Martin's, 2000), generally considered to be plagiarized, cannot be reliable for the general reader. The curious should see Antonia Fraser's sympathetic biography, Mary Queen of Scots (published in 1969 and frequently reprinted), with the more studious turning to Gordon Donaldson's sound Mary, Queen of Scots (o.p.) and Jenny Wormald's politically astute Mary Queen of Scots: A Study in Failure (Tauris, 2000). James Tasato Mellone, Queens Coll., CUNY Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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