Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles
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Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

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Published November 4th 2008 by Boughton Press (first published January 1st 1377)
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Nicole~
Jun 24, 2014 Nicole~ rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Karen
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
Alexandra
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....
Camille
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
Christian Martel
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.
Yann
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.
Teaberry
Nov 12, 2010 Teaberry rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Maximiliano
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".
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
Drea85
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
Lynsay
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...more
Julia Boechat Machado
Zweig é impiedoso no retrato da Rainha Elizabeth I – o que já é interessante.
Já com Maria Stuart, o tratamento é diferente: ela é a impetuosa Rainha-Delfina; a rainha que se casa por amor, e descobre, humilhada, que exaltou seu primeiro amor para todos, e ele não era o que ela esperava; a soberana que tenta fugir das armadilhas da prima; a mulher grávida que presenciou o assassinato do secretário em quem confiava; a mulher que se entrega a uma nova paixão para ser novamente humilhada, de forma m...more
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
Christelle
Wow ! What a tragic story. I really enjoyed this book and the writing style is perfection. The way the author tells the story of Mary Stuart is captivating, and not boring at all. A very, very good book.

And the last lines of the last chapter broke my heart. What an awful death.
Caren
What an amazing writing! I loved it, it was really beautiful.
I was so interested in Mary Stuart, and Zweig' book has really satisfied me.
I also enjoyed his considerations of some peculiar points, that are very discussed in history.
Jc
Un remarquable travail d’historien par un auteur qui écrit admirablement bien. Du coup cela se lit comme un bon roman. Il est vrai que l’histoire de Marie Stuart s’y prête assez bien car c’est un vrai vaudeville. Toutefois il y a parfois des longueurs.
Rubén Mánuel-Briseño
Mi libro favorito en lo que va del 2014. Buena narrativa. Excelentes datos históricos. Muy rico en referencias y frases.
Gabrielle Blin
Magnifique biographie,très détaillée de la vie de la fascinante Marie Stuart.Sa vie a été aussi fascinante que tragique,les derniers chapitres m'ont particulièrement émue.Sa fin comme celle de son grand amour Bothwell a été atroce mais comme elle l'a dit "En ma fin est mon commencement".Marie Stuart etait une grande dame qui a fait dans sa vie trop de mauvais choix,sa vie aurait pu être merveilleuse.Un livre vraiment passionnant en tout cas qui detaille très bien sa relation avec Elizabeth Ier
Shayda Salaravand
با یه دختری آشنا شدم که نمایش نامه نویس رادیو بود وقتی بهش گفتم نمایشنامه ژانر مورد علاقه ی منه گفت اون بیشتر آلمانی هارو می خونه و این که شیلر رو دوست داره.. من هم رفتم توی کتاب فروشی و "ماری استوارت" رو که شیلر آلمانی نوشته خریدم. راستش اولش یه ذره برام سخت بود یعنی راحت توی داستان نمیو مدم ولی یه ذره که خوندم جذب شدم.. داستان ملکه ی الیزابت و ماری استوارت ملکه ی اسکاتلندیه.. قبل از این که این کتاب رو بخونم نمی دونستم این دو تا با هم مشکل داشتن..
Susan Gerstein
Stefan Zweig writes biographies as if they were novels. They are superbly researched and documented, but his interest is in the protagonists psychological motivation which he renders superbly. You will never think of Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor the same way again! His empathy for the flawed but ultimately magnificent Mary makes this a heartbreaking saga that is, at the same time, a page turner.
Natxo Cruz
Magnífica biografia de la reina escocesa moderna, passada pel filtre del talent, la sensibilitat i la lucidesa d'un dels més grans escriptors de tots els temps, que es capaç de situar la realitat política del segle XVI exactament on cal per copsar-ne tots els matisos.
Una enorme lliçó d'història i un estímul literari de primer ordre. Imprescindible.
Vakho Khabazi
I ADMIRE Marie Stuart !!!!!
She's made so many mistakes, done so many terrible things, betrayed so many people, but she has never lost her dignity even in her last minutes <3
I truly believe that she sacrificed herself for her son even though they both didn't realize that.
She's one the best queens in world history
Hoda
For history lovers, not a clear cut story.
Gives a lot of historical info and you pretty much know how it will end since it is mentioned several times along the book. Enjoyed it but it pauses a lot and dedicates whole chapters to explain relationships between some characters, then regains its pace again.
Anna
Stafan Zweig is one of my favorite writers.
Love how he write every little thing about Marie and maybe it can be a little too much.
I read this book almost 10 years ago in 2 days but in different years ;) .
Elizaveta Vatlina
Usually I don't read books with historical subjects. But I read this one.
Maakaari
vivre autant de choses, c'est ... à en perdre la tête
désolé
Алиса Чудис
Истории сильных женщин меня всегда впечатляли...и она Стрелец!!!
Fahime
خیلی وقت پیش خوندمش یادم نیست زیاد:)) ستاره‌ها الکیه
Lilie
La mysoginie de l'auteur m'aura fait fuir....
Christina
Щ одна біографія з тих кращих!
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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.

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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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