Mary passed her childhood in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of 16. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of 13 years. Her life then entered its best known phase: the early struggles with John Knox and the unruly Scottish nobility; the fatal marriage to Darnley and his mysterious death; her marriage to Bothwell, the chief suspect, that led directly to her long English captivity at the hands of Queen Elizabeth; the poignant and extraordinary story of her long imprisonment that ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and her execution at the age of 44.
Antonia Fraser's biography, four years in the writing, enters fully into the life of an historical figure who continues to capture the popular imagination. It provides a moving answer to the question, "What was Mary Queen of Scots really like?"
©1996 Antonia Fraser; (P)2002 Orion Publishing Group Ltd
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brought Mary to life & showed her strengths & failings
Amazed at how much mary experienced
would have preferred the unabridged version
must read for anyone with interest in Scottish history. Brilliant from start to finish thanks
This book is really good. Clear reading and not too fast. Iv listened to this audio book lots of times and I never tire of it. A good in depth book on Mary Queen Of Scots.
"Story of Mary"
First audio book for me. An amazing way to learn new information about Mary Queen of Scots. Detail out over in an excellent style.
"A Rollerking Tale"
What an amazing woman Mary Queen of Scots was. Her life was one of extremes. It is wonderfully told by Antonia Fraser. I have complete confidence in her research and she leaves you to draw your own conclusions except where history is vague. This is the first book I have listen to by this author. I was going to cancel my subscription but not now I am going to listen to every book written by Antonia Fraser in audible books!
What a wonderful opportunity audible books has given all of us who love listening!
"Really really recommended"
Up until now I've very much been a 20th Century history boy, so this was my first foray into the Tudors. On the basis of this book I really wish I'd done it sooner.
This is an excellent audiobook in terms of writing,narration & production, and although it is primarily a factual book I found myself being hooked in a 'I wonder what happens next' way as one is with any of the good thrillers.
I thoroughly recommend this book, and it's Lady Antonia's '6 Wives...' for me next month.
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