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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (615 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carolly Erickson Narrator: Rebekah Germain Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Born Queen of Scotland, married as a young girl to the invalid young King of France, Mary took the reins of the unruly kingdom of Scotland as a young widow and fought to keep her throne. A second marriage to her handsome, but dissolute cousin Lord Darnley ended in murder and scandal, while a third marriage to the dashing, commanding Lord Bothwell, the love of her life, gave her joy but widened the scandal and surrounded her with enduring ill repute. Unable to rise above the violence and disorder that swirled around her, Mary plucked up her courage and escaped to England—only to find herself a prisoner of her ruthless, merciless cousin Queen Elizabeth. Here, in her own riveting account, is the enchanting woman whose name still evokes excitement and compassion—and whose death under the headsman’s axe still draws forth our sorrow. In The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, Carolly Erickson provides another in her series of mesmerizing historical entertainments, and takes readers deep into the life and heart of the sixteenth century’s most fascinating woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As one of the foremost fictionalized biographers writing today, Erickson breathes life into history and brings great women to life. She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and creates a passionate woman readers will understand and adore…Erickson’s engrossing narrative allows Mary to speak and readers to decide what kind of woman she was.”

    Romantic Times

  • “In her latest historical entertainment, Erickson blends fact with fancy as she unravels the life story and tragic end of Mary, Queen of Scots…the narrative clips along at a suspenseful pace…The vividly realized relationship between Mary and her Scottish consort, Jamie, is the strongest aspect of the book. Recommended for historical fiction fans who enjoy Philippa Gregory and Jean Plaidy and can’t read enough novels about this period.”

    Library Journal

  • “The always reliable Erickson mines rich historical territory when she excavates the relatively brief, yet ever-fascinating, life of Mary Queen of Scots for her latest historical tour de force…This intimate reworking of a storied life etched with plenty of royal maneuvering and tragedy will appeal to the usual suspects—steer Alison Weir and Philippa Gregory fans immediately to this satisfying read.”


  • “A fast-paced, lavishly detailed narrative.”


Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Charlo | 2/18/2014

    " Liked it, but not my favorite "beheaded queen" book!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Holly | 2/11/2014

    " This was a book I was really looking forward to - I love historical fiction, biographies, all that kind of stuff. It started off well, but it got bogged down and boring till I skimmed the last 50 pages. It seemed like she made stupid decisions about a lot of things because the reasonings were not well explained. The first person writing was pretty good until about 2/3 of the way in as I said. Started well, ended way too late. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joey | 2/8/2014

    " 2.5 stars: I knew going into this that Carolly Erickson isn't exactly known for staying true to facts. She calls her books "historical entertainment" and tends to make up a lot of the characters and their interactions, along with messing around with the dates and time lines or making up events altogether. For example, in this particular book, she invented a secret daughter for Mary, made up the majority of interactions between Mary and Bothwell (considering he was actually imprisoned for much of the time) and made up the entire escape to Rome so it's a bit frustrating to read something so completely inaccurate. With that being said though, the story of Mary is still a very interesting one and I'd like to learn more about her. Hopefully she'll be portrayed a little better in other books! I think for anyone truly interested in learning about Mary though, this book isn't the best choice. It's basically pure fluff and for entertainment only which is what I rated it on, but for historical accuracy, it fails. When it comes to historical fiction, I need/want more history than fiction so I'm hesitant to read anything else by this author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tobi | 1/21/2014

    " This was a good read although one has to remember that is it fiction and not take all of it as facts. I will be reading other books by this author. It is a sad and tragic story any way you tell it. "

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About the Narrator

Rebekah Germain has a background in theater, film, and radio. In 2005 she was nominated for best actress at the Erie Film Festival in Indiana for her lead in the short film Summer Job. Her other audio work includes several broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4, including Carbon Diaries 2015 and Rabbit-Proof Fence.