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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

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Hardcover, 420 pages
Published November 4th 2008 by Boughton Press (first published January 1st 1940)
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Dec 16, 2015 Nicole~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Zweiggers
4.5 stars
No one could guess what the soul of a woman was capable of...

- Stefan Zweig: Mary Stuart (1935)

Aroused by the differing opinions on this controversial queen, Stefan Zweig sought to illuminate the view of the legend, not within the typical frame of researching a historical figure, but by psychological profiling of the protagonist, giving this biography the uniqueness of a dramatic thriller. He would interpret Mary Stuart as a strong-willed person but easily misdirected by her passion and
The best biography on Mary Stuart's life, no doubt about it.

Le mystère qui entoure la vie de Marie Stuart a été l'objet de representations et d'interpretations aussi contradictoires que frequentes: il n'existe peut-être pas d'autre femme qui a été peinte sous des traits aussi différents, tantôt comme une martyre, tantôt comme une folle intrigante, ou bien encore comme une sainte.

With an objective narrative, the author describes without passion, her first marriage with the French king Francis II
Sep 22, 2015 FeReSHte marked it as never-finished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-biography
هنوز هم بر این باورم که جذابیت ها و سختی های زندگی یک ملکه رو تنها ذبیح الله منصوری زیبا به تصویر می کشه و بس :دی
نه حتی شما تسوایک عزیز
Mar 03, 2015 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm half way through my second Stefan Zweig book. I don't find this kind of writing anymore. The author gives his readers the gift of time and patience so we can start to feel what it must have been like at that point in history. You become emotionally involved with the era and can better understand Zweig's characters as real people, giving you an insight we aren't normally privy to in modern writing.

Finished! Just loved it....
Sep 25, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: the-tudors
This is an excellent example of how a biographer is influenced by his culture. It was published in 1935, pre-dating not just modern feminism but the earliest stirrings of change in the role of women during WWII. "In spite of their superlative traits these two women remained women throughout, and were unable to overcome the weaknesses inherent in their sex," he says of Elizabeth I and Mary. "If..two kings had been faced by the same circumstances, they would have come to a firmer decision, declare ...more
Christian Martel
Sep 14, 2011 Christian Martel rated it it was amazing
Stefan Zweig is one of the best author of biographies that I have had the chance to read. His almost read like a novel, which in this case is facilitated by the novel-like life of its subject, Mary Stewart, one of history's most fascinating monarch.
Jul 23, 2011 Yann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cet auteur a le chic pour composer des biographies à la fois très vivantes et très intéressantes. Celle ci n'échappe pas à la règle. J'ai dévoré d'une traite cet ouvrage, qui jette une lumière vive sur le destin extraordinaire de cette femme livrée aux tumultes de ce 16eme siècle violent et passionné.
Les biographies romancées écrites par Zweig se dévorent à toute vitesse, et il faut bien admettre que la vie de Marie Stuart se prête particulièrement bien à ce genre littéraire, tant elle est riche d'aventures et de rebondissements tous plus rocambolesques les uns que les autres: que ce soit sa rivalité avec la reine Elizabeth I, ou bien sa trépidante vie sentimentale, tous les événements majeurs de sa vie sont une matière idéale pour un récit palpitant. A cela s'ajoutent des vers de Pierre de ...more
As a German, I know about the famous rivalry between Elisabeth I. and Mary Stuart from literature. Not so much from history lessons. Also, I'm not partial to any of their antagonisms, be it England vs. Scotland, protestantism vs. catholicism or mind vs. heart. Zweig must have thought similarly. As an Austrian, he was surprised that there wasn't any neutral or merely worthwhile biography on Mary Stuart. Even today, differences in judging her role in history can easily be seen when comparing the E ...more
Sezinur Balıkçıoğlu
Zweig'a beş yıldız büyük haksızlık olur o nedenle ON YILDIZ... Büyük usta Zweig yine siyasi, özel hayatı ve kişiliğiyle tarihteki önemli bir figürü; iskoçya kraliçesi mary stuart'ı her yönüyle sürükleyici bir şekilde anlatmış. Dönemin ingiltere kraliçesi Elizabeth'in de bir nevi biyografisi var bu kitapta.
Nov 12, 2010 Teaberry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Teaberry by: Jim R.
Shelves: history, nonfiction
A delightful read (truly)--opinionated, full of explanatory summaries of human behavior, all presented in a writing style that's full of drama and flair! Published in 1935, Zweig is as much a product of his time as Mary was of hers and we are of ours, and some readers might be startled and offended by Zweig's blatant statements regarding the emotional inconstancy female rulers, but I thought it was a hoot.

I was thrilled with the meaty, dramatic writing, and loved his use of language; read a few
Nov 25, 2014 Olethros rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
-Desde el cariño, suponiendo y mostrando un gran trabajo narrativo.-

Género. Biografía.

Lo que nos cuenta. Vida de María Estuardo, reina de Escocia pero con derechos hereditarios a un trono más importante en aquellos tiempos, Inglaterra, creando paralelismos constantes entre la protagonista, su supuesta personalidad y los acontecimientos geopolíticos más importantes de su entorno en el siglo XVI.

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Apr 07, 2014 Maximiliano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No sabría muy bien si es una novela histórica o una historia novelada... de cualquier manera es una lectura preciosa. Realmente me hizo amar a María Estuardo y odiar a "La reina virgen".
Stoyan Petrov
Oct 25, 2014 Stoyan Petrov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Страхотна историческа проза. Стефан Цвайг е умел белетрист и много добър биограф, който се опитва безпристрастно да проследи историческите събития в Англия и Шотландия на XVI век. Всеизвестен факт е трагичната смърт на Мария Стюарт, но тук много добре са обрисувани психолигическите портрети на героите, техните положителни отрицателни черти, всичките завист, коварство, любов и желание за домогване до властта. За книга с изключително само непряка реч се чете учудващо лесно и бързо. Бих прочел и др ...more
Apr 13, 2016 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Zweig never comes down on the side of Mary Stuart or Queen Elizabeth I in the tragic story of their relationship. He does a good job of showing how Mary, actually a strong woman who should have ruled Scotland well, put herself into danger by her actions.

Mary was born Queen of Scotland. Her father died while her mother was giving birth. She was sent to be the consort of the young heir to the French throne when she was six, so grew up in the court of absolute monarchy, riotous living, and excess e
Stephan Frank
Oct 23, 2015 Stephan Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As can be expected from Zweig, he mixes the hard facts (known at his time of writing, i.e. 1935) with his own interpretation of the inner forces driving the decisions of the protagonists. While I do not always find his psychological assessment very compelling, I still enjoyed his biographical/character narrative tremendously --- especially since it meant that I was yet again diving into this strange world of the late Middle Ages, where completely different value systems than our modern ones exis ...more
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maria Stuarda, regina a 6 giorni dalla nascita e incoronata a 9 mesi. Non ha ancora respirato la vita che, prima ancora d’essere creatura, è strumento di trattative. A 5 anni e 8 mesi viene impacchettata e spedita in Francia. Lì, a 16, sposa il Delfino Federico e un anno dopo è regina di Francia. E c’è un’altra corona, quella d’Inghilterra, posata sul capo di Elisabetta, che Maria Stuarda reclama per sé. Sono solo piccoli tasselli della vita di Maria Stuarda, vissuta in un’epoca in cui vita e mo ...more
Oct 15, 2014 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I wish I could say that I read French well enough to have read this French version...but I read the English version. Stefan Zweig was an amazing biographer. "Marie Antoinette" was his best work, in my opinion, and after reading this, the second book of his that I've read, I still think "Marie Antoinette" was better. But, Mary Queen of Scots was an excellent example of Zweig's most amazing talent--his ability to really get the reader inside the heads of his subjects. His writing gives so mu ...more
Mar 10, 2015 Carmen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stefan Zweig describe con una maestría y apasionante el desarrollo biográfico de la reina Católica de Escocia “María Estuardo”. Para muchos es una historia de vida deslumbrante, controvertida, polémica, pasional, que incluso conlleva a ser una de las reinas más investigadas en el mundo literario.
En este libro el autor es capaz de tejer un discurso narrativo a partir de datos históricos, documentos, sonetos, narradas con carácter dramático y emocional sobre la personalidad de la reina, analizan
Igor Garjón sanz
Un libro excelente sobre una de las reinas más trágicas y conocidas del siglo XVI. Zweig presenta a María de Escocia como una mujer refinada, culta, pasiional, encantadora... Pero también incluye sus defectos: su ambición, su egoísmo, su carácter irreflexivo... Es revelador su contraste con su prima Isabel I de Inglaterra, una mujer luchadora y carismática, sacrificada por su pueblo que, pese a sus triunfos, no puede evitar sentir envidia en ocasiones por María Estuardo. Al final Isabel gana la ...more
Dec 20, 2015 Diana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historic
Questo libro potrebbe intitolarsi: Le regine e la lotta col libero arbitrio.

Maria Stuarda, nome e cognome secondo me inutilmente italianizzato è la biografia schietta, realistica, precisa e appassionante di Stefan Zweig, autore austriaco, affascinante storico e scrittore.
Egli propone come per Marie Antoinette, un ritratto ricco di dettagli sino al midollo.
Non ho mai letto sino ad ora cosi' appassionatamente la storia e in particolare la storia scozzese.
Avevo ricercato a lungo e la mia volontà mi
Sep 23, 2013 Lilie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
La mysoginie de l'auteur m'aura fait fuir....
AnRy Shengelia
შტეფან ცვაიგის შემოქმედებას გავეცანი ,,უცნობი ქალის წერილებით" ,რომელმაც უდიდესი შთაბეჭდილება მოახდინა ჩემზე ,შემდგომი იყო ,,საჭადრაკო ნოველა". განსხვავებით პირველი ნოველისა, სიმართლე გითხრათ მიკვირდა თუ რატომ იყო მიჩნეული ეს მოთხრობა მწერლის შემოქმედბის ერთ-ერთ საუკეთესო ნამუშევრად,როდესაც უკვე გავაცნობიერე ,რომ შემეძლო შევჭიდებოდი ასეთ წიგნს,რომელმაც დიდი გამოხმაურება ჰპოვა მთელ მსოფლიოშო ვცადე დამეწყო.
სხვათა მსგავსად მეც ვერ შევძლებ გადავიხარი რადიკალურად , მარიამ სტიუარტისკენ ან ელისაბედიკენ
Jan 30, 2015 Teona rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"... დაბადებითვე დედოფალი ბავშვობაშივე მიეჩვია თავის დაჭერას დედოფლურად და ამ მაღალი ხელოვნებისათვის არ უღალატნია ყველაზე მძიმე წუთებშიც კი.ამაყად თავაწეული ავიდა ეშაფოტის ორივე საფეხურზე, ისევე როგორც თხუთმეტი წლისა ადიოდა საფრანგეთის ტახტზე,როგორც ადიოდა საკურთხევლის საფეხურებზე რაიმსში.ასე ავიდოდა ინგლისის ტახტზე,სხვა ვარსკვლავზე რომ დაბადებულიყო.ისევე მშვიდად და ამაყად მოიხარა მუხლი საფრანგეთის მეფისა და შემდეგ შოტლანდიის მეფის მხარდამხარ მოძღვრის ლოცვა-კურთხევის მისაღებად, როგორც ახლა იყრიდ ...more
Jun 03, 2012 Drea85 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Part well researched biography, part character sketch Zweig's work gives a vivid picture of the life and times of Mary, Queen of Scots - naturally always in comparison and relation to her eternal rival Elizabeth I of England. As usually with Zweig, the language is impeccable, yet the ideology might be a bit too much nineteenth century when he tries to press the singular events of a life into a tragedy heavy with meaning. It is, however, very refreshing to the topic that he refrains from judging ...more
Jan 12, 2015 Lynsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mary-stewart
There has been a recent surge in interest of Scotland's infamous queen Mary Stewart. An exhibition is currently on at the national museum of Scotland, two films are currently in production about the life of Scotland's most tragic figure, as well as a TV series starting in October focusing on her years in France. After reading up the 2013 movie it was said that the book that gave the writer the most influence was a biography by playwright/biographer Stefan Zweig.

From the moment of her birth Mary
Malcolm Ewing
More of an emotional/psychological profile of Queen Mary, rather than an academic, historical biography. Zweig presents many keen insights into what may have been Mary's feelings and state of mind, but he provides virtually no sources on which to base his conclusions, other than the historical record and references to letters and poems written at the time. While Zweig is entirely sympathetic to, and often admiring of, Mary, he doesn't idealise her or excuse her errors. This book was also publish ...more
I was shocked! I wasn't left with good impression of the character of Maria Stuart, which I trust the author described accurately, but after I finished reading it I was definitely left with the opinion that she is the rightful queen of England! I still think that and I believe that Elizabeth had no right to the throne back then given the circumstances.
Faye Gu
May 06, 2016 Faye Gu rated it it was amazing
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Gordon Ehler
Jun 18, 2015 Gordon Ehler rated it it was amazing
An amazing book. Excellent. A few statements by the author, Stefan Zweig, probably would qualify as not "pc" these days, but he excels in describing the personality and psychology of Mary, Queen of Scots, as she journeys through her short, roller-coaster life. I loved it. Reads like a work of fiction, literally a page-turner. Read it.
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Stefan Zweig was one of the world's most famous writers during the 1920s and 1930s, especially in the U.S., South America and Europe. He produced novels, plays, biographies and journalist pieces. Among his most famous works are Beware of Pity, Letter from and Unknown Woman and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. He and his second wife committed suicide in 1942.

Zweig studied in Austria, France,
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“Elizabeth set an example to the monarchs of her day and of subsequent epochs, in that she never arrogated to herself the position of ruler of England, but assumed the more modest role of administrator, of carrier-out of the folk-will, of servitor to the national mission; she understood the trends of the epoch that was emerging from an autocratic regime into a constitutional regime.” 0 likes
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