The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots
In this dramatic, compelling fictional memoir Carolly Erickson lets the courageous, spirited Mary Queen of Scots tell her own story—and the result is a novel readers will long remember.
Born Queen of Scotland,married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne.A
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I read this purely out of my raging fangasm over the CW's Reign, that demented little show that has given the huge middle finger to clothing historians and fact-sticklers everywhere with unapologetic abandon.
Ladies Aylee, Fucking LOLA, Greer and Kenna because The CW also mocks your "need" for period-accurate names
This book tapped into that same elastic attitude towards history. Both book and show adhere to the major historical milestones, but it ...more
While Elizabeth was serious, Mary was silly
While Elizabeth was auspicious, Mary was absurd
While Elizabeth was clever, Mary was foolish
While Elizabeth possessed a great deal of political knowledge and intelligence, Mary was ignorant
While Elizabeth was cunning, Mary was reckless
While Elizabeth was calm and calculating, Mary was impetuous
When writing historical f ...more
This queen is fascinating-- she was married three times, widowed twice, and Husband #3, the Earl of Bothw ...more
The book begins in France with her marriage to the impotent, childlike, and sickly dauphin, Francis. Thankfully, he ...more
I have mixed feelings about this book. To start off with the good – it was a very dramatic, attention holding story. From beginning to end there was something going ...more
I'll start by saying that I liked this enough to read more by Carolly Erickson. It was a good story, an imagining, and definitely entertained me. I'm on a bit of a Mary kick thanks to Reign, so I liked reading another perspective of her life and more ofher later years. This is a work of fiction, and it really was quite fanciful. I almost wish it wasn't call ...more
Has a highly suspect meeting in a healing bath between Mary and Queen Elizabeth at which time Elizabeth confides that can not have children and does not like children.
Mary is regularly visited by Bothwell during her English captivity as Bothwell disguises himself as a traveling merchant.
The final straw for me ha ...more
Yes, this book is not historically accurate. Nor is it groundbreaking. But I enjoyed Carolly Erickson's writing style and the short chapters made for a quick read. If you're looking for a faithful telling of Mary Queen of Scot's story, then perhaps this is not the book for you. But if you are able to overlook various incorrect details, I would recommend giving this novel a try. And if you watch the CW's Reign, then I would definitely give this book a try. If you are still following that ...more
I almost couldn't bring myself to complete it.
The books only saving grace was the Authors creative ...more
So I came across this book about two years ago at a local library book sale. Not only was I intrigued to see a historical fiction book about a well-known historical figure, but also the show Reign, a drama about Mary Queen of Scots, had started on the CW. And I watched a few episodes of that show, hoping to be drawn into a new show with some historical weight to it.
And that didn't happen. It's a CW show. So it was more fluff than true facts. I gave up on it. Wanting, however, to know more o ...more
I simply adore Carolly Erickson and her novels. I've read a good chunk of her novels and I've enjoyed all of them! I especially loved The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette. When I seen that she wrote a novel about Queen Mary of the Scots, I couldn't WAIT to read it! Even though Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I are my favorites, I still love Mary. Yes...I'll admit it...I had high expectations and this book went flat with me.
I wish I could say that I "loved" this book as much as Carolly ...more
The first few pages of this novel cover the beheading of Mary Queen of Scots and then revert back to the beginning of her life as she marries the dauphin of France. With each chapter you meet her enemies and supporters, you meet her husbands (most she didn't love, and the love of ...more
I’ve always had an interest in historical royalty, and lately I have been filling my bookshelves with historical fiction novels that deal with queens and princesses and such (mostly more Erickson works, and Philippa Gregory as well). I actually did not really know much about Mary, Queen of Scots, prior to reading this book. I have come to really fall in love with her tragic tale. Perhaps it was the way it was portrayed in this book, but I really sympathized for Mary and felt bad that sh ...more
Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most memorable characters in history. Her story is incredible. Not only her Hollywood styled love life is interesting but also her Soap Opera esque career as a monarch. Born as the Queen of Scots when only a few days old, married to the Dauphin of France, widowed as Queen of France before she was twenty, only to return to a chaotic homeland that, after two contraversial marriages, dethroned her, sending her for shelter under her cous ...more
I know Erickson acknowledges that her works are historical entertainment, and I have n ...more
The major "ugh" plotline in this novel is the effect of creating Bothwell's chracterization as one of a lovable, tender man who is Mary's true love. Excuse ...more
The history was turned into an easy-to-read story. I think the history was interpreted properly, but I found the ending dragged-out and horribly sad and depressing. I know the writer couldn't help it, as it I history, but I still found it painful to read. Nevertheless, a good read.