An Accidental Tragedy

An Accidental Tragedy

The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Mary Stuart had none of the ruthlessness of her contemporary sisters, she relied on her beauty and charm in place of reason and determination. This work paints a picture of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, but as a young girl adrift in the dangerous seas of sixteenth-century politics.

Blackwell North Amer
Crowned at nine months, married at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, implicated in the murder of her second husband and executed for treason, Mary, Queen of Scots lived a life that could not have been imagined better by any Hollywood screenwriter.
Based on contemporary documents and histories, this new biography paints a unique picture of one of Scotland's best-known historical figures which shows her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, but as a young girl adrift in the dangerous seas of sixteenth-century politics.
Mary Stuart had none of the ruthlessness of her contemporary sisters, and the female empowerment of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers or Elizabeth Tudor passed her by. In an age of intellectually brilliant and powerful women, Mary relied on her beauty and charm in place of reason and determination. Passively and gracefully, she allowed herself to be a victim of circumstance, and when she did finally attempt to control her future she set in train the events that would lead her to the executioner's block.

Publisher: Edinburgh : Birlinn, 2008
ISBN: 9781841585512
Characteristics: xx p. , 476 p. : ill ; 24 cm

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