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Marie and Mary

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Marie de Guise ruled Scotland alone after the death of her husband James V. She foiled Henry Tudor of England's plans to unite the two thrones under English rule, and she kept the peace between Protestants and Catholics while John Knox was becoming a fiery power in the land. Mary Queen of Scots was welcomed back to the country of her birth after her mother died. But her tr...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2004)
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Oh dear. I'm not sure where to even start. Thank goodness this book was only 200 pages or it would have ended up in the trash pile. To begin with, there was very little dialog in this novel about Marie of Guise and her infamous daughter, Mary Queen of Scots. Most of it was "telling" the reader the bare, textbook minimum bits of their lives. What little dialog was present was almost embarrassing it was so elementary. Consider this bit of conversation between Scotland's King James V and his new wi...more
Great concise and well written efficient book - history of Mary Queen of Scots and her mother Marie
Both Marie and Mary well described so points of view came through well Plot was based on history and alternate version also discussed in epilogue Elizabethan age and complexities of National and Religious rivalry well outlined Language was crisp to the point and very effective I could associate the human cunning and treacherously and well-crafted storyline The imagery was not all that exciting but...more
Wow. I love Nigel Tranter books and read loads of these as a teen. Sadly, this one is appalling and best avoided. Marie's mother is dead at the start of the book, but then steps in to look after children a few pages later....there is almost no dialogue and what there is is completely cringeworthy. Absolute rubbish, I have given up reading this and wont be finishing it :(
This is the story of Marie de Guise, Queen of Scotland and her daughter Mary, Queen of Scots. It was an interesting look at the two woman and how circumstances including marriage, religion and other rulers made a difference in how the women were perceived and allowed to rule. This is my first book by this author but not my last.
good historical information which tranter ruins with TMI about these women's private lives.
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Nigel Tranter OBE was a Scottish historian and author.
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