Mary Queen of Scots

Mary Queen of Scots

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More than four hundred years after her death, Mary Queen of Scots remains one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history. Antonia Fraser's classic biography of her won the James Tait Prize when it was first published in 1969, became an international bestseller and was translated into nine languages. Mary 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 phas: 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. Antonia Fraser's biography, four years in the writing, enters fully into the life of an historical figure who continues to capture the popular imagination, and provides a moving answer to the question, What was Mary Queen of Scots really like?'show more

Product details

  • Audio cassette
  • 109 x 142 x 34mm | 261g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752853481
  • 9780752853482

About Antonia Fraser

Antonia Fraser in Britain's best-selling historian. She is married to Harold Pinter and lives in London. Patricia Hodge trained at LAMDA, winning the Eveline Evans Award. Theatre work ranges from Benefactors, Summerfolk, and Noises Off, to As You Like It, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and His Dark Materials. Television work includes Rumpole of the Bailey and The Life and Loves of a She Devil. Film appearances include Betrayal, co-starring with Jeremy Irons and Ben Kingsley.show more

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'The writer injects intimacy and immediacy by quoting from contemporary sources giving them human side to the religious battles which raged over Elizabeth's succession.' THE OBSERVER 'It is read by actress Patricia Hodge, her clear diction complementing Fraser's erudite prose' WATERSTONE'S BOOKS QUARTERLY 'cut-glass enunciation, by combining solid research and an empathetic novelistic approach, Fraser's fascinating story of the queen and her part in the trouble and intrigues between France, England and Scotland is well told' THE SUNDAY TIEMSshow more

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2 3% (310)
1 1% (104)
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