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The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots: An Accidental Tragedy

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Crowned at nine months, married at sixteen, widowed at eighteen, implicated in the murder of her second husband, and executed for treason, Mary Stuart lived a life that could not have
been better imagined by any Hollywood screen writer.

Mary, Queen of Scots, lived during one of the most fascinating
periods in history. Graham’s epic work paints a unique picture of
Paperback, 496 pages
Published March 15th 2011 by Pegasus (first published August 4th 2009)
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Lauren Albert
Early on, I started to find the subtitle as strange choice. For, the otherwise good biography is marred at times by Graham's snide asides about Mary which made me think he believed her tragedy anything but accidental. Here are five examples. I give so many so you can see that his derogation of her was systematic:

“Since it involved less intellectual effort, Mary simply believed what her Guise uncles told her to believe.” 102

“Mary Stewart’s enchantment with the path of least resistance took preced
Daniel Kukwa
It's certainly exhaustive, but extremely easy to read. As solid a biography of Mary of Scots are you are likely to find, without your mind being dissolved into a puddle of minute detail and too-much-information. It tries to sell itself on the idea that her entire life was a tragedy waiting to happen, and for the most part, the author succeeds at this task; you will certainly never feel more sorry for anyone as you will for Mary by the end of this tale.
Lois Clark-Johnston
Pretty solid and balanced information the author however was definitely predisposed to attribute immature motives to Mary's behaviors. In truth we have no idea why she made the choices she made. I like that he made her neither a demon nor a innocent but left it instead up to the reader.
Thorough and detailed, but dry. The author subtitled the book "An Accidental Tragedy," but I didn't get the sense that he felt any particular sympathy for Mary. He generally described her as "childish," and emphasized her average intelligence and lack of political skill. This may all be true--I knew next to nothing about Mary before I picked up the book. It's worth reading if you want info on this time period, but the writing is unremarkable.
A good look at Mary, Queen of Scots and the difficult road she had to walk in life. She had troubles that were out of her control, and then made some choices which impacted her life and reign negatively for sure. I enjoyed this book and found it very easy to read and follow.
This book was very informational and not boring to read. I learned a lot from it that I was not aware of.
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Edinburgh-born Roderick Graham was educated at the Royal High School of Edinburgh and the University of Edinburgh before serving with the Royal Army Education Corps as staff officer for education at the East Africa Command.

On leaving the army, he went on to pursue a long and varied career in television and radio as a writer, freelance director and producer. He produced the double Emmy award-winner
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