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Mary Queen of Scots

Susan Watkins

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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.


‘No man ever saw her without love,’ according to the French chronicler Abbé Brantôme, ‘or will read her history without pity.’

Susan Watkins re-creates the world in which Mary lived – from the landscapes, the palaces and the courtly culture to the finer details of the domestic scene – in vivid word pictures that give life to their reflections in the real pictures which accompany them, a wealth of historical illustrations and specially taken photographs by Mark Fiennes. No other book has so graphically presented Mary’s life, one of the most poignant stories in history.

‘Remember that the theatre of the world,’ Mary told her judges in proud defiance, ‘is wider than the realm of England.’ Hers was – and is – a role on the world stage.

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'A beautifully produced account'
Scottish Field

'Fascinating … the pictures and paintings are a delight … a colourful and covetable book'
Marie Claire

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.0 x 24.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 194

Publication date: 23 March 2009

ISBN: 9780500288177

Contents List

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

About the Author

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.

Mark Fiennes was an internationally renowned photographer who contributed to many books on architecture, landscape and gardens.

List of Contributors

Mark Fiennes