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More than 400 years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's classic biography of her won the James Tait Prize when it was first published in 1969. It became an international best-seller and was translated into nine languages.

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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  • dianne
  • 08-03-14

gobsmacking

Where does Mary Queen of Scots rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

excellent

What did you like best about this story?

brought Mary to life & showed her strengths & failings

Which character – as performed by Patricia Hodge – was your favourite?

mary herself

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Amazed at how much mary experienced

Any additional comments?

would have preferred the unabridged version

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  • Duncan
  • 12-10-09

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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  • GiggleAngel
  • 03-13-18

wonderful facts and intriguing story

Narrator was very easy to listen to and most enjoyable.
Well written. learned a lot and at same time was thoroughly entertained.
highly recommend.

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  • D. D. Pianta
  • 02-01-18

What a fantastic book!

Such a pleasure to listen to it! Absolutely loved every minute! A piece of history that I knew just a little of. It gave me the impetus to know even more.

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  • Zoe
  • 03-09-17

Enjoyable

Thoroughly enjoyed this book , from her younger years to her older years she went through a lot, would recommend to anybody who has a interest in Queen history, I finished reading about Elizabeth 1 a was nice to read what went on in Marys version

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  • Jim Hopkins
  • 04-29-16

Fantastic

must read for anyone with interest in Scottish history. Brilliant from start to finish thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-29-15

Brill

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.

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  • John
  • 03-30-15

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.

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  • S.A.M
  • 01-20-15

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!