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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (546 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Guy Narrator: John Guy Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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An intimate, myth-shattering new biography of Mary Queen of Scots by a premier historian that draws on a trove of newly discovered sources. Queen of Scots, the first full-scale biography of Mary in more than thirty years, offers a singularly novel, nuanced, and dramatic portrait of one of history’s greatest women.

John Guy draws on sources, many previously unstudied, as varied as the secret communiques of English spies and Mary’s own letters.

Dispelled is the ingrained popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and bad judgment. We come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy’s investigation of Mary’s storied downfall throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, and offers convincing new evidence that she was framed for the murder for which she was beheaded.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[An] absorbing biography…Meticulously researched…Scholarly and intriguing.”

    Times (London)

  • “This is, make no mistake about it, a definitive biography…Reads as thrillingly as a detective story, and is rich in detail and authoritative in its analysis. Guy deserves a wide readership.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Rarely have first-class scholarship and first-class storytelling being so effectively combined.”

    Daily Telegraph

  • “Reads like Shakespearean drama, with all the delicious plotting and fresh writing to go with it.”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “The definitive biography…Gripping…A pure pleasure to read.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • Winner of the 2004 Whitbread Award for Biography
  • A 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lorna | 2/10/2014

    " A fascinating book looking at the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Quite hard going in places, but really interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by KristenR | 1/24/2014

    " It wasn't until I finished listening to this audiobook that I realized that it was an abridged version. I'm a little disappointed, but I enjoyed listening to it nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Chantay | 1/21/2014

    " A really great book to start you off on Mary Stuart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 1/15/2014

    " I found this book thoroughly insightful with Guy's use of historical documents and factual information. I learned so much about Scottish political history and it has helped me undertand more about Scotland's current political situation (and its relationship with England) "

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