Long Overdue And Dramatic Reinterpretation Of The Life Of Mary, Queen Of Scots By One Of The Leading Historians At Work TodayShe Was Crowned Queen Of Scotland At Nine Months Of Age, And Queen Of France At Sixteen Years At Eighteen She 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 Download Epub Format È Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart PDF by æ John Guy Second Husband Assassinated, And Married His Murderer At Twenty Five She Entered Captivity At The Hands Of Her Rival Queen, From Which Only Death Would Release HerThe 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 And, Astonishingly, He Solves, Through Careful Re Examination Of The Casket Letters, The Secret Behind Darnley S Spectacular Assassination At Kirk O Field With Great Pathos, Guy Illuminates How The Imprisoned Mary S Despair Led To A Reckless Plot Against Elizabeth And Thus To Her Own ExecutionThe 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 Interesting insight on what Mary was really like but the author is VERY biased in her favour and bends over backwards to show her in a favourable light, often to the detriment of others I wonder how he feels about the recent revelations by medical historians that for it to be apparent that Mary had miscarried Bothwell s twins rather than a single baby , she must have been at least five months pregnant 16th century medicine would not have been able to discern twin foetuses before that stage This means Mary was pregnant by Bothwell before Darnley s murder, and gives her a compelling motive for wanting to get her husband out of the way She was almost certainly complicit in his murder and she not only failed to make any serious effort to bring her husband s killers to justice, she married one of them The Casket Letters may well be forged b To say this was a sympathetic biography of Mary Queen of Scots would do an injustice to the word sympathetic I hate to use the word hagiography but this is as close as it gets The author is a specialist in Tudor history and is to be respected but I have come away from this very readable book, and I mean very readable, profoundly confused He has, in my opinion, let his deep research into the subject cloud his judgement in the presentation of the biography His sympathy spoils the entire narrative Yes he is occasionally critical of Mary s decisions but then there seems to be excuses Lets be honest, her decision to marry Bothwell must rank as one of the most ludicrous acts by a reigning monarch in British history Yes the author says as much but makes excuses I was almost waiting for Stockho This is a well researched and well written, detailed story of Mary, Queen of Scots It seems to me that history has kind of pushed Mary under the carpet so to speak There doesn t seem to be as much written about her when compared to the Tudor period in England or Russia s storied czars and leaders. Mary truly was a courageous woman, and her life was filled with continual drama It took extreme determination on her part to demand her claim to the throne of Scotland and later England be recognized It seems to me that prior tomes based on her life were either shrouded in bias she was either loved or vilified However, John Guy uses documents that were heretofore undiscovered to reveal the true Mary Stuart It makes for very interesting reading for anyone who is a history buff, a follower of all things royal, or Mary, Queen of Scots, doesn t have the best reputation Said to have ruled with her heart rather than her head Mary Stuart was surrounded by drama, heartbreak, forced to abdicate her throne, and eventually beheaded after being held captive in England Yet, there is much to credit Mary that many people overlook Historian John Guy attempts to rehabilitate this infamous woman in, Queen of Scots The True Life of Mary Stuart Guy presents Queen of Scots as a full fledged biography beginning with a description of Mary s birth and subsequent childhood This beginning is slightly less evasive to the actual Mary as Guy focuseson the environment around Mary and of key figures in her life versus just of Mary herself It can be argued that Guy goes slightly off tangents at times However, stick to the reading as Queen of Scots does I enjoyed this book but found it difficult not to be furious with Mary s stupidity and short sightedness, not to mention her vanity which allowed her to be easily led by similarly vain and ambitious men Guy perhaps is a little in love with Mary and the book lacks incisiveness and impartiality because of it but it s still one of the best biographies I ve read. ï Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart ✓ Good read but too biased and tries to present Mary as a far better person than the evidence suggests she could possibly have been What are we to think of a woman who, when the husband she loathes is murdered, gives his horse and some of his clothes to the man EVERYONE says is the killer What should we think when she refuses to allowthan a show trial at which the court is surrounded by armed men employed by the defendant, who threatens to kill anyone who speaks out of turn What should we think when the widow marries that defendant less than three months after the murder And what do we conclude when the widow, pregnant by the murderer, miscarries of twins, bearing in mind that in the 16th century it wouldn t have been possible to tell the foetuses were twins until five months into the pregnancy, so that conception must have taken place well before her husband s m To say I thoroughly enjoyed reading this is a bit of an understatement I was a bit skeptical going into this biography, considering I didn t enjoy Guy s biography on Elizabeth I very much because I don t think he painted her in an exceptional light mostly focusing on the men in her life However, I do think he did Mary much better justice. There is SO much information here, and every question seems to be answered, without the text becoming too dry or boring I had watched the movie before reading this, and that was what had initially sparked my interest, and wow are the two different They really gloss over in the movie how awful Darnley and Bothwell both were to her, along with her imprisonment in England I d planned to read this prior to the movie release, but it soon became apparent with the level of in depth research on a complicated period in British history that I wouldn t finish this in time. That s a massive compliment to the author, it s a time that I m overly familiar with and with each chapter I was continuing to learn so much. As Guy carefully explains what life was like for Mary, from the daily living conditions to the political climate at the time It s also non fiction, so I wasn t too worried about spoilers I knew how Mary s story ended I ve seen a few people say that the film was slow, but having read a substantial amount prior to watching the movie I felt that I was well equipped to just still back and enjoy both Ronan s and Robbie s performances. I m not sure why I don t read much non fiction, as it was so interesting to learnabout this period. Ooh and I loved Supposedly a revisionist view of Mary Stuart with new information that sets her decisions in a better lightI read it hoping for this and came to the conclusion that nope, she s still an idiot A better documented idiot, but still an idiot.
About The Author
John Guy is recognised as one of Britain s most exciting and scholarly historians, bringing the past to life with the written word and on the broadcast media with accomplished ease He s a very modern face of history.His ability for first class story telling and books that read as thrillingly as a detective story makes John Guy a Chandleresque writer of the history world Guy hunts down facts with