By Jean Plaidy
The haunting tale of the beautiful—and tragic—Mary, Queen of Scots, as basically mythical novelist Jean Plaidy may write it
Mary Stuart turned Queen of Scotland on the delicate age of six days previous. Her French-born mom, the Queen Regent, knew instantly that the child queen will be a susceptible pawn within the strength fight among Scotland’s clans and nobles. So Mary was once despatched clear of the land of her start and raised within the refined and glittering court docket of France. strangely tall and narrow, a author of track and poetry, Mary was once celebrated all through Europe for her good looks and mind. Married in her youth to the Dauphin François, she may turn into not just Queen of Scotland yet Queen of France to boot. yet Mary’s happiness used to be short-lived. Her husband, continuously sickly, died after merely years at the throne, and there has been no position for Mary within the courtroom of the hot king. on the age of twenty, she again to Scotland, a spot she slightly knew.
Once domestic, the Queen of Scots chanced on she was once a stranger in her personal nation. She spoke purely French and was once a religious Catholic in a land of stern Presbyterians. Her country was once managed through a quarrelsome staff of lords, together with her illegitimate part brother, the Earl of Moray, and via John Knox, a fire-and-brimstone Calvinist preacher, who denounced the younger queen as a Papist and a whore. Mary finally remarried, hoping to discover a loving best friend within the Scottish Lord Darnley. yet Darnley proved violent and untrustworthy. while he died mysteriously, suspicion fell on Mary. In haste, she married Lord Bothwell, the major suspect in her husband’s homicide, a flow that outraged all of Scotland. while her nobles rose opposed to her, the disgraced Queen of Scots fled to England, hoping to be taken in via her cousin Elizabeth I. yet Mary’s flight from Scotland led to not defense, yet to Fotheringhay Castle...
“Plaidy excels at mixing heritage with romance and drama.” —New York Times
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