By Jean Plaidy
The haunting tale of the beautiful—and tragic—Mary, Queen of Scots, as simply mythical novelist Jean Plaidy may write it
Mary Stuart grew to become Queen of Scotland on the smooth age of six days outdated. Her French-born mom, the Queen Regent, knew instantly that the child queen will be a susceptible pawn within the strength fight among Scotland’s clans and nobles. So Mary was once despatched clear of the land of her start and raised within the subtle and glittering courtroom of France. surprisingly tall and narrow, a author of song and poetry, Mary used to be celebrated all through Europe for her good looks and mind. Married in her children to the Dauphin François, she might turn into not just Queen of Scotland yet Queen of France besides. yet Mary’s happiness was once short-lived. Her husband, regularly sickly, died after basically years at the throne, and there has been no position for Mary within the court docket of the hot king. on the age of twenty, she lower back to Scotland, a spot she slightly knew.
Once domestic, the Queen of Scots chanced on she used to be a stranger in her personal nation. She spoke in basic terms French and was once a religious Catholic in a land of stern Presbyterians. Her state was once managed via a quarrelsome crew of lords, together with her illegitimate part brother, the Earl of Moray, and via John Knox, a fire-and-brimstone Calvinist preacher, who denounced the younger queen as a Papist and a whore. Mary finally remarried, hoping to discover a loving best friend within the Scottish Lord Darnley. yet Darnley proved violent and untrustworthy. while he died mysteriously, suspicion fell on Mary. In haste, she married Lord Bothwell, the top suspect in her husband’s homicide, a circulation that outraged all of Scotland. whilst her nobles rose opposed to her, the disgraced Queen of Scots fled to England, hoping to be taken in by means of her cousin Elizabeth I. yet Mary’s flight from Scotland led to not protection, yet to Fotheringhay Castle...
“Plaidy excels at mixing historical past with romance and drama.” —New York Times