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Königliche Rivalin : Maria Stuart ; e. Roman (Mary Stuart #1)

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At just six days old, Mary Stuart became Queen of Scots. At just six years old she was betrothed to the Dauphin Franois, the future King of France.

Reluctantly leaving Scotland, Mary is raised in the decadent French court in preparation to become the Queen of France. But her reign with Franois is short-lived. Widowed at just eighteen years old, Mary is once again forced to
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Published (first published January 1st 1955)
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Kate Sherrod
Apr 23, 2013 Kate Sherrod rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always preferred stories about Queen Elizabeth I to those of her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, and this novel did not change my mind. If anything, it cemented my general contempt for the latter for all time.

That should by no means be taken as a statement about the quality of Royal Road to Fotheringay, which is textbook Jean Plaidy fictionalized biography. The novel takes us from Mary Stuart's early days as the toddler queen of Scotland, romping through various castles and monastaries with h
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Morgan
Sep 26, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
Enjoyable and a quick read. It honestly reads a lot more like actual history than historical fiction, which was fine with me. My major issue was probably in the portrayal of Mary. In trying to explain her actions and release her from a lot of the blame that has been cast on her for centuries the author unfortunately makes her personality a bit bland and naive. While some of this has a basis in history (she certainly was spoiled for most of her childhood in France) I think her personality was a l ...more
Graham
Jul 01, 2013 Graham rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
Jean Plaidy reveals her steadfast grasp of historical storytelling in this engaging account of the first half of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. It's a short, eventful read with a large cast of sinister characters who'll do anything in their power to manipulate the queen for their own ends.

As I know next to nothing about Mary's story, I used this as a kind of educational novel to help teach me about her (and, I confess, that's the reason I've picked up so many Plaidy novels over the years). It
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Marie
Feb 27, 2009 Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It is the story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots as she is brought up in the French Courts as she is betrothed to young Francois. (As an infant she was made Queen of Scotland when her father James V died.) It then goes on to her travels to Scotland and her second and third marriage, which were both disastrous and were not recommended to her. To use a word used in the book and which comes to mind often when thinking of Mary's decisions in her life, "Folly".
The edition I own is the same as one pict
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Mirah W
Jul 29, 2011 Mirah W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I knew about the tragic end of Mary, Queen of Scots I did not really know much about her early life. This book really does highlight the differences between her and England's Elizabeth, but I think at the same time it points out how they are similar...being manipulated by those around them and experiencing the pain of ended love. It wouldn't be historical fiction about royalty if there were not manipulative & calculating advisors and political plots. After a while it all gets rather fr ...more
Emily
Nov 17, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since I was a child I had this morbid fascination with this time period. In particular, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. She was my introduction to the world of Renaissance intrigue, passion and politics. I couldn't exactly say that I related to her - but her story affected me profoundly, to the point that today she is still my favourite history lesson.

Jean Plaidy has become a recent love of mine. I've read few of her books; I started with The Lady in the Tower with Anne Boleyn as the main char
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Clint
Jan 31, 2014 Clint rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jean Plaidy reveals her steadfast grasp of historical storytelling in this engaging account of the first half of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. It's a short, eventful read with a large cast of sinister characters who'll do anything in their power to manipulate the queen for their own ends.

As I know next to nothing about Mary's story, I used this as a kind of educational novel to help teach me about her.I wanted to read this book because of Cw's Reign, in which I love this show. It works a t
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Fans of Philippa Gregory and Allison Weir should be sure not to miss Jean Plaidy. She’s the author of an entire series about the Queens of England, and you might enjoy their compelling stories and historical details. You may want to start with Royal Road to Fotheringhay , which tells the dramatic story of Mary, Queen of Scots.
Angela Joyce
May 13, 2010 Angela Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Was there ever a queen so different from Elizabeth I? Mary's naivete is almost embarrassing, and yet you can't help cheering her on... even when you know how gruesomely it's going to end...
Zoe
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Jo
Jun 05, 2014 Jo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I am obsessed with the TV show Reign. I know, I know - it's not historically accurate with either plot, costume or characters. I loved Jean Plaidy growing up so I thought I would give her version a try. It was full of good historical fact and nicely written. Although when dealing with accuracy, it tends to be a little dry. Mary, Queen of Scots, life was anything but dry. I enjoyed reading about the first half of her life (to me the good half). The second half is spent in a castle locked away ...more
Julie
Oct 15, 2014 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
This would have been an excellent book, if it had been cleaner.
Jean Plaidy is an expert storyteller, but adds too much "romance novel" material, in my opinion.
I would love to read more of her books, but the two I have read have had far too much of the "romance novel" in them, especially this one.
Samantha
May 18, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel really hopeless all the way through, I kind of get from this that death may have been a mercy for Mary in the end she never really stood a chance. This book only really served to highlight the contrast between Mary and her cousin. Elizabeth was everything that her father should have been and it just shows that the proper wife and Queen for Henry would have been Anne if he wasnt so stupid.
Ashlee
Dec 29, 2011 Ashlee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary Stuart, the Queen of Scotland, has had many difficulties throughout her royal life. After being sent to France and wedded to the French prince Mary's life seems to be wonderful. Unfortunately after her young husband dies Mary realizes that she cannot trust those she did before. No man, other than her young dead king, can Mary trust. Yet, she constantly puts her trust in the wrong men and falls in love too quickly. Her life ends at the block in Fotheringhay Castle. I really enjoyed this book ...more
Carla
I'm glad I knew going into this that this was the first part of the series, or else I would have been confused as to why so much focus was placed on Mary's early years in the first half while the reader gets a condensed version of her adult life in the second half. I'm hoping that her time in captivity is explained in more detail in the next book. You know, there just isn't a way to make Mary's story palatable. The men around her were dogs, she was too naive to know what was best for her, and th ...more
Tanzanite
Jul 03, 2009 Tanzanite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although many of Plaidy's books can be on the dry side, I really liked this one. It is pretty straightforward and Plaidy doesn't seem to try and portray Mary too sympathetically. A pawn in various power struggles from the time she is an infant, Mary makes decisions based on emotion without stopping to consider the consequences. But seeing as how she was really given very little guidance on how to rule (people just told her what to do) maybe it shouldn't come as a surprise. The first in a two-vol ...more
Sharyn
Love a good historical novel!
Mathlete2016
A lot of detail!
Linda
Mar 12, 2008 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I think Mary Queen of Scots had a fascinating life and I liked Victoria Holt's (another pen name of Jean Plaidy) historical novel about Marie Antoinette (The Queen's Confession), but I was disappointed in The Royal Road to Fotheringhay. Mary's character didn't come alive, the suppporting characters were too one-dimesional and the narrator's tone annoyed me. However, I did learn some interesting facts about Mary's life. I have a couple of the Tudor novels by Jean Plaidy, but I don't think I'll bo ...more
Vanessa Tillery
This book details the life of Mary Stuart.At six days old she becomes the queen of Scotland. She is sent to the court of France due to the civil unrest in Scotland and England. She is married to the future King of France. After her husband dies she returns to the now unfamiliar Scotland as the Queen of Scots. Her love affair soon gets her into trouble and she must flee Scotland to the safety of her cousins court, Queen Elizabeth I of England. There she does not find the safety she was hoping for ...more
Crystal
Aug 19, 2015 Crystal rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointing! I love Jean Plaidy (aka Victoria Holt) but this was a very slow and boring read.
Stephanie Gordon
Este libro fue el largo conducto hacia el inevitablemente triste final.
Creo que fue interesante ver a Mary desde el punto de vista de la protagonista y no la villana como cuando leemos o vemos algo acerca de Elizabeth donde ella solo está protegiendo su trono.
Mrs L M Newstead
I enjoy reading Jean Plaidy books, especially on the Tudor period.
Laurie
Jun 24, 2009 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best book I've ever read about Mary Queen of Scots was Margaret George's historical fiction. This one was written way before...and has plenty of Plaidy's florid style which alternates between charm and tedium. I enjoy Plaidy enough to try to read all of her re-released historical royalty series, but perhaps I'm a bit of a masochist.
Melissa
I'm not a fan of the slave like love Queen Mary felt for Bothwell in this version. I do believe she loved him enough to risk crown and country, but, I'm also a firm believer that not all those casket letters were genuine.
All in all, not the most exciting telling of the tragic Queen of Scots, but fairly good.
Pam
Oct 24, 2012 Pam rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Royal Road' was pretty much my very favorite of all the Jean Plaidy books I have read so far. So many of the scenes were presented in a humorous way and yet all fans of royal England fiction knew that in that world a very funny situation could be more than serious, it could cost your life.
Jessica
I tried. I really did try to continue and enjoy this book but, I could only get 30% through. It just did not hold my attention. Too much dithering around by all characters. I love Mary Stuart and her as a actual historical figure intrigues me so, but this fiction was a sad disapointment.
Sarah Sammis
Plaidy's books always look so daunting for their length but they usually end up being quick reads as was the case for the Royal Road to Fotheringay. All of her characters though do end up reading very much the same and it is only the circumstances of history which set them apart.
Deb
Jan 03, 2010 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love all the Jean Plaidy books on English royalty. They are easy and interesting. She is the author who got me so obsessed with English history, even though I studied American history in school. I particularly enjoy this book on Edward III.
Alina Radu
Dec 21, 2015 Alina Radu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So sad !
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 23, 2015 09:57AM  
  • A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley
  • The King's Pleasure
  • King's Fool: A Notorious King, His Six Wives, and the One Man Who Knew All Their Secrets
  • I Am Mary Tudor (Mary Tudor, #1)
  • The French Mistress
  • Immortal Queen: A Novel Of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • To the Tower Born: A Novel of the Lost Princes
  • The Stuarts
  • The Queen's Pleasure
  • Rival to the Queen
  • Fatal Majesty: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots
  • The Secret Wife of King George IV
  • Threads: The Reincarnation of Anne Boleyn
  • Mary Queen of Scots and The Murder of Lord Darnley
  • Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart
  • The Lion Triumphant (Daughters of England, #2)
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Eleanor Alice Burford, Mrs. George Percival Hibbert was a British author of about 200 historical novels, most of them under the pen name Jean Plaidy which had sold 14 million copies by the time of her death. She chose to use various names because of the differences in subjec
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