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Publisher: Harper Audio
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ISBN: 0-06-058644-3
Format Reviewed: Harper Audio [6 hours / 5 CDs]
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Genre:   Nonfiction / History (British)
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Carisa Weeaks
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Mary, Queen of Scots
The True Life of Mary Stuart
By John Guy

    Mary Stuart was born to King James V of Scotland on December 8, 1542 and at 6 days old, became Queen of Scotland. In this 6-hour biography of the beloved Queen of Scots, Guy reveals the real story behind the legend that inspired the nursery rhyme “Mary, Mary, quite contrary.” Covering everything from her childhood, her marriage at 15 to the 14-year-old Dauphin of France, Francis. It tells of the attempts by the lords of Scotland to take control away from Mary and her French family, her real relationship with Queen Elizabeth I of England, who had taken the throne even though, by the laws of Catholic inheritance, Mary should have been made queen of England as well, and her struggle to keep her grip on her country, her title, and her head.

    This is an incredible look at one of the most well known queens in Scottish/English history. I’ve always been interested in the complete story behind her relationship with Queen Elizabeth, and with this audio book, Guy gives a heart stopping, eye-widening account of one of the fairest queens to ever grace a throne. He also has a detailed list throughout the story of every ruler who had a hand in Mary’s rise and eventual and unfortunate demise. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the history of two of the oldest monarchies in Western Europe.