A long-overdue and dramatic reinterpretation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots by one of the leading historians at work today.
The life of Mary Queen of Scots has divided opinion for four hundred years. Was she an innocent victim; a whore and murderess; a heroine and martyr? Most unjustly, her tremendous gifts have been overshadowed by her cousin and rival, Elizabeth I. In this riveting biography, noted Tudor historian John Guy restores the balance, delving into primary sources long neglected by scholars to reveal the complex woman concealed behind a powerful myth.
Professor Guy traces the development of a great but doomed queen from her girlhood in France, to her masterful manipulation of the Scottish lords early in her reign, to her eventual fall at the hands of factionalism and lust for power. Drawing on years of intensive research, Guy provides a shocking reassessment of the authorship of the Casket Letters that implicated Mary in the murder of her second husband and seduction by Bothwell, leading inexorably to her imprisonment and execution.
Mixing groundbreaking academic research with an engaging prose style, ‘My Heart is My Own’ is part historical drama, part love story and part forensic examination: a long-overdue examination of a tragic and gripping life.
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'Fascinating… A book based on gold-standard research, the kind of thing that puts most popular history writing to shame.' Kathryn Hughes, Mail on Sunday
'Certain to be a bestseller, and deservedly so. Rarely have first-class scholarship and first-class storytelling been so effectively combined.' John Adamson, Daily Telegraph
'An absorbing biography … meticulously researched… scholarly and intriguing.'
Peter Ackroyd, The Times
'A biography that reads as thrillingly as a detective story, and is rich in details and authoritative in its analysis.' Miranda Seymour, Sunday TimesAbout the Author:
John Guy is a leading historian of the Tudor period. He has been a Professor of Modern History at St. Andrews University since 1992 and his book Tudor England is a core text for students of the period. He has recently written and presented programmes on Thomas More and Mary, Queen of Scots for the BBC.
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