Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots Born Queen of Scotland married as a young girl to the King of France Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdome of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne Many believed that she and

  • Title: Mary Queen of Scots
  • Author: Carolly Erickson
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  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdome of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne Many believed that she, and not her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, was the rightful Queen of England, but this only fuelled their bitter rivalry, ending in Mary s execution at the age of 44 From her pampeBorn Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdome of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne Many believed that she, and not her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, was the rightful Queen of England, but this only fuelled their bitter rivalry, ending in Mary s execution at the age of 44 From her pampered childhood to the legendary scandals that surrounded her adult life, this vividly detailed and elegantly written fictional account brings readers straight into the heart and mind of one of history s most famous women As she did so brilliantly in The Last Wife of Henry VIII author Carolly Erickson lets the spirited, beautiful Mary Queen of Scots tell her own story in this dramatic fictional memoir and the result is a great historical text that readers will long remember Also available from JR Books The Last Wife of Henry VIII The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette The Tsarina s Daughter The Secret Life of Josephine Carolly Erickson holds a Ph.D in medieval history from Colombia University and was a college professor before becoming a writer She has written many acclaimed historical biographies, including The First Elizabeth, Her Little Majesty, and Alexandra.

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    1. Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, The First Elizabeth, Great Catherine, Alexandra and many other prize winning works of fiction and nonfiction She lives in Hawaiicmillan author caroll

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    1. Erickson s latest historical entertainment her words covers the life of Mary Queen of Scots from the time she was married to Francis and became Queen Consort of France, her return to Scotland as Queen after she is widowed, her marriage to the despicable Darnley and his murder, her subsequent marriage to Bothwell and her eventual imprisonment by Elizabeth I It s all known history and I needn t spend much time rehashing it because Erickson totally reinvents it anyway and quite badly I might add Sp [...]


    2. WARNING Shameless Reign fangirlage Sorrynotsorry.I read this purely out of my raging fangasm over the CW s Reign, that demented little show that has given the huge middle finger to clothing historians and fact sticklers everywhere with unapologetic abandon.Ladies Aylee, Fucking LOLA, Greer and Kenna because The CW also mocks your need for period accurate namesThis book tapped into that same elastic attitude towards history Both book and show adhere to the major historical milestones, but it s wh [...]


    3. Nine years apart in age, cousins Elizabeth I and Mary were diametrically different While older than Elizabeth, Mary was the immature one.While Elizabeth was serious, Mary was sillyWhile Elizabeth was auspicious, Mary was absurdWhile Elizabeth was clever, Mary was foolishWhile Elizabeth possessed a great deal of political knowledge and intelligence, Mary was ignorantWhile Elizabeth was cunning, Mary was recklessWhile Elizabeth was calm and calculating, Mary was impetuousWhen writing historical fi [...]


    4. This woman writes non fiction Well, I couldn t take the beginning of this fictional book where history was rewritten Really, Bothwell saw her beheading They had a mystery daughter I know many things are unknown, but ahhhhh come on Not for me.


    5. This book begins with a Margaret George style as in The Autobiography of Henry VIII With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers adhering mostly to the facts Once Mary is under Elizabeth s house arrest, the memoir gives an alternative history In this reality, the Earl of Bothwell is Mary s hero The first part was the best There is imagery of Mary s sickly, child husband with teams of doctors whispering over him, his successor, King Charles with his pets and no money, and the need for her mother in law to [...]


    6. This is the second book I have read by this author I really like her style of writing historical FICTION It flows and is easy to read The story is easy to grasp, only sometimes it s hard to tell if 10 days or 10 years have past I think she could do a little better on that part I have seen mixed reviews on this one most of the complaints come in the form that it is not historically correct For me though, I really don t know that much about Mary, Queen of Scotts embarrassing, get to studying , so [...]


    7. Mary Stuart s life is fantastical enough without needed to up it s entertainment value However, of course Carolly Erickson went at it again, adding drama, events, and made up storylines Now this is fine by me, as it is her writing style Who am I to judge My only qualm is that sometimes it is TOO unebelivable and reads like a romance novel.The major ugh plotline in this novel is the effect of creating Bothwell s chracterization as one of a lovable, tender man who is Mary s true love Excuse me Bot [...]


    8. Historical fiction is interesting because the basis is history the fiction is how that history happened that way, the personalities, the conversations, etc This novel takes great liberties with history In this version, Mary has a secret daughter while under house arrest in England, she manages to escape to Rome and a French farm where her secret daughter lives That s just not plausible This queen is fascinating she was married three times, widowed twice, and Husband 3, the Earl of Bothwell, alle [...]


    9. My kids were learning about Mary Queen of Scots in history, which reawakened my teenage interest in the Elizabethan era, and I wanted to find out than the children s history book was telling me I thoroughly enjoyed this novel I don t know enough about the history to know which parts were fact and which fiction, but it seemed like the author had researched well and only gone fictional to fill in the gaps and to speculate when history was unclear Mary lived such a fascinating life, and I felt tha [...]


    10. I had a difficult time getting into this book, which is why it took me around 8 months to finish I also read other books in between Once I was able to get into the story, I found it to bejust good, nothing mind blowing.


    11. First I want to say that I like Erickson s writing style Having read one of her books before, I had high expectations for this This particular novel of hers does not work for me tho Whereas I like the fact that it is not 1000 pages and it gets to the point, unlike Margaret George s version, I hated how Mary Queen of Scots comes across She is a simpering, whiny, worthless woman The book begins in France with her marriage to the impotent, childlike, and sickly dauphin, Francis Thankfully, he dies [...]


    12. I have had a couple Carolly Erickson novels on my shelf for over a year and just never had the time to pick them up I have also heard many mixed reviews, which could be another reason why I sort of shied away But while walking through my new library, I saw this on the audio book shelf and decided that now was as good a time as any.I have mixed feelings about this book To start off with the good it was a very dramatic, attention holding story From beginning to end there was something going on and [...]


    13. The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots is a first person account of the life of Mary Queen of Scots from around the age of fifteen up until her death by the order of her cousin Queen Elizabeth the first of England The main character Mary in other books has been displayed as a strong rival of Elizabeth who plotted her death, and who was really vilified in other plot lines that I ve read She had a strong backing in the Catholic movement of the time, who looked at Elizabeth as a Protestant Whore and d [...]


    14. Frequently while reading The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots I found myself wanting to slap her First of all, when faced with a dilemma she inevitably chose the worse of her two options Her reasoning Because I m a queen, and I m not meant to stay in the background Ok, you re a queen who never gets to rule anything and ends up being beheaded by your cousin Enough said Also, the prologue where her husband is watching her head being chopped off doesn t match the events in the rest of the book He ref [...]


    15. I m pretty sure that when you look at my negative review of the very highly popular Bite Me and then this positive review of a book that s usually scored quite lowly, well s probably hard to think my opinion counts for much of anything Still, I really liked this book A lot I know a lot of people had problems with the fact that it wasn t true to the history of Mary, but I didn t buy it for that reason I bought it because it looked like a well written and interesting book, on a day when I hadn t e [...]


    16. Writing this on my ipad since hubby had to work late and is napping near the computer, so no fun gifs this time, and hopefully minimal typos.I ll start by saying that I liked this enough to read by Carolly Erickson It was a good story, an imagining, and definitely entertained me I m on a bit of a Mary kick thanks to Reign, so I liked reading another perspective of her life and ofher later years This is a work of fiction, and it really was quite fanciful I almost wish it wasn t called memoirs b [...]


    17. The first half was good, the second half just strayed too far from reality, with Mary having a daughter Marie Elizabeth by Bothwell born during her captivity before she escaped Scotland Has a highly suspect meeting in a healing bath between Mary and Queen Elizabeth at which time Elizabeth confides that can not have children and does not like children.Mary is regularly visited by Bothwell during her English captivity as Bothwell disguises himself as a traveling merchant.The final straw for me has [...]


    18. I m not sure why I even have this book on my historical shelf because there is nothing historical about it It was pure fiction with very few if any accuracies and boring to boot, and I don t get bored by historical fiction or non fiction easily I was warned it wouldn t be good and they were right I can t recommend it to anyone really.


    19. i can t I Can t I CAN T I looks too much like THE TSARINA S DAUGHTER nononononononononoNO



    20. I checked this audio book out of the library after I finished watching Reign on Netflix While the tv series was very exciting and dramatic, this audio was much less so Even tho it s a fictional account it seemed authentic than the series which was like a soap opera One thing is for sure, Mary Queen of Scots is a figure whose life of romance and tragedy will forever hold our imagination captive.


    21. Well written and entertaining book but if you re looking for something historically accurate, this is not the book There is far too much in this book that stretches the truth quite a bit or makes up a totally new truth I quite enjoyed this book regardless of its inaccuracies Just keep in mind when you read this book that it is historical fiction not nonfiction.


    22. I listened to the CD version and enjoyed the fictional account of Mary, Queen of Scots Had watched about half the episodes of Reign and, like another reviewer, hungered to know truth about this historical figure Found this a moving tale although it, too, is not the whole truth Still, far better than Reign


    23. Garbage I understand historical fiction takes liberties, but adding a second child born in secret while Mary was in prisoned is beyond acceptable Basic facts should be adhered to when writing I stopped reading at that point, and will never read anything by her again.


    24. I listened to the audio book and I enjoyed it quite a bit This was a wonderful fictional story and has sparked my interested in Queen Mary.


    25. Not great character development Interesting little history, but it seemed rushed and lacking in much elaboration that mattered.



    26. 3.5 starsI ve always had an interest in historical royalty, and lately I have been filling my bookshelves with historical fiction novels that deal with queens and princesses and such mostly Erickson works, and Philippa Gregory as well I actually did not really know much about Mary, Queen of Scots, prior to reading this book I have come to really fall in love with her tragic tale Perhaps it was the way it was portrayed in this book, but I really sympathized for Mary and felt bad that she was the [...]


    27. I first read Erikson s novel, The Last Wife of Henry VII, and I loved it then I read her novel, The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette, and I thought it was okay Now I ve read her novel, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, and I m not sure if I would consider it even okay I felt the story was lacking a good grasp of Mary Stuart as a person and I thought Erickson overly romanticized and embellished the history.I know Erickson acknowledges that her works are historical entertainment, and I have no p [...]


    28. It s really like 3.5 Stars Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most memorable characters in history Her story is incredible Not only her Hollywood styled love life is interesting but also her Soap Opera esque career as a monarch Born as the Queen of Scots when only a few days old, married to the Dauphin of France, widowed as Queen of France before she was twenty, only to return to a chaotic homeland that, after two contraversial marriages, dethroned her, sending her for shelter under her cousin, [...]


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