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The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart

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Political schemes, religious partisanship and unbridled love shake the Royal Court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty.

Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of the infamous preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in
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Mass Market Paperback, 330 pages
Published 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Erin
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
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I have mixed feelings about Danny Saunders' The Captive Queen. I liked the content and was genuinely intrigued by some of the drama Saunders created, but his style choices made it difficult for me to really get into and appreciate the story.

Mary Stuart is a fascinating historical figure so I completely understand Saunders' enthusiasm for crafting a novel out of her experiences. In terms of content I think the author did an
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Sarah Freeman-langford
Jun 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Firstly with apologies to the author this must be one of the worst books I have ever read. Badly written nearly to the point of being unreadable, littered with spelling mistakes and incorrectly used words and modern language attributed to 16th century characters.

Based mainly on the life of Mary Queen of Scots it is confusing and quite frankly boring. It has a sub story of a fictitious Lady in waiting to the queen that is ludicrous and completely pointless.

I apologize for being so harsh but save
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Julie
Jun 30, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I love good Tudor fiction, but this is by far the worst example I have ever come across. Aside from the deplorable writing, the whole novel read like a history textbook. The narrative is completely devoid of emotion, the dialogue is wooden, and the lack of editing is obvious. Not only are the glaring mistakes distracting and often contradictory, the way the author addresses the characters drove me nuts. Instead of referring to them by their proper names, they were all referred to in an impersona ...more
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"The Captive Queen" is a historical fiction story about Mary Stuart. What most people remember about poor Mary's story is that she spent a lot of time as a prisoner at the hands of her cousin Queen Elizabeth I. I have always been drawn to books about Mary Stuart because she is so interesting to me. This book looks at Mary's life and how you have a woman who thinks that she's going to be able to rule Scotland free and clear but history has much different plans for her.

This book is a look at her l
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Andrea Guy
I'm on the fence about Danny Saunder's The Captive Queen. It is a very well researched book. I don't want to say novel, because to me, it didn't really read much like a novel, even when you were reading about the fictional Charlotte Gray. It read more like non-fiction.

Saunders tells more than he shows in this book. And there were a few phrases that had to be errors throughout the book. Elizabeth, another lady in waiting to Queen Mary, was often referred to as the red-haired. And Mary was referre
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Donna
Aug 07, 2014 rated it liked it
I received this book as part of a book tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.

I love the subject. Mary of Scots is an amazing woman with a fascinating life. I also love reading anything to do with the Tudor family.

That being said, this is not one of the best Tudor era books available. The book focus is primarily Charlotte, a lady in waiting to Mary. She is not a likable character. I'm certain that court machinations encouraged those involved to become scheming, but I just didn't like
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Sara
May 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy from Goodreads first reads in exchange for a review.

I never knew all the things that happened to Mary Stuart.

This books takes you from her birth until she was executed.

She was held captive by the Queen of England for almost 20 years.

Don't want to give the details away, so please read it for yourselves.
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Vielka
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book, I finish just right know and I can say, I enjoy this historical book, It keep you awake. The story goes around Queen Mary of Scott, and at the same time the life of her favorite lady in waiting Charlotte Gray. I invite you to read this great book.
I will post my review later.
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Danny Saunders is a true European history enthusiast. He has always been keenly interested in royalty. Danny holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and also pursued communication studies at the university level. He has worked as a journalist for various written and electronic media.

Sissi: The Last Empress is his second historical fiction novel.

Danny Saunders is a member of The Marie Stua
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