Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

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By (author) Antonia Fraser, Read by Patricia Hodge

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 140mm x 15mm | 164g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140910530X
  • ISBN 13: 9781409105305
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged edition
  • Sales rank: 1,373,518

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Mary Queen of Scots passed her childhood in France and married the Dauphin to become Queen of France at the age of sixteen. Widowed less than two years later, she returned to Scotland as Queen after an absence of thirteen years. Her life then entered its best known phase: the early struggles with John Knox, and the unruly Scottish nobility; the fatal marriage to Darnley and his mysterious death; her marriage to Bothwell, the chief suspect, that led directly to her long English captivity at the hands of Queen Elizabeth; the poignant and extraordinary story of her long imprisonment that ended with the labyrinthine Babington plot to free her, and her execution at the age of forty-four.

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Antonia Fraser has written many acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She has won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the St Louis Literary Award and CWA Non-Fiction Gold Dagger. Antonia Fraser was made CBE in 1999. She is married to the playwright Harold Pinter and lives in London.

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Antonia Fraser is deservedly regarded by many as one of today's finest biographers. Listening to the new cd recording of an abridged version of Fraser's biography, Mary Queen of Scots, reminded me just how good she is. The opening and closing music immediately helps create the period, and this coupled with Patricia Hodge's excellent narration, to my mind, is a shining example of how the audio book can surpass it's print counterpart. -- Vidar Hjardeng IN TOUCH, BBC Radio 4 This is traditional history at its best. OBSERVER "[This is] the very best of histories, full of facts conveyed with warmth rather than dryness and Patricia Hodge is the most perfect reader." DAILY EXPRESS You won't find a more thoroughly researched or better-written book about history's most romantic royal, the beautiful, intelligent, accomplished, headstrong, fun-loving, doomed Mary Stuart. GUARDIAN