John Guy draws on sources, many previously unstudied, as varied as the secret communiques of English spies and Mary's own letters.
Dispelled is the ingrained popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and bad judgment. We come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy's investigation of Mary's storied downfall throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, and offers convincing new evidence that she was framed for the murder for which she was beheaded.
"Reads as thrillingly as a detective story, and is rich in detail and authoritative in its analysis." (The Sunday Times)
"Mary's is a complicated story, as were Scottish politics at the time, but Guy explicates the complications...with both authority and clear illumination." (Booklist)
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finally an unbiased study of Mary's life
It's a welcome change to listen to a biography of Mary Queen of Scots that does not take sides in her conflict with Elizabeth. Thoroughly informed account of her eventful life. Only (slight) point of criticism: The text and also the delivery are a bit dry. Even though it is a scholarly book I would have appreciated an effort to make the book somewhat more compelling reading.