Anne Somerset

The Scottish Widow

'My Heart is My Own': The Life of Mary Queen of Scots


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HOT ON THE heels of Jane Dunn’s wonderfully readable Elizabeth and Mary comes this biography of Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy. One might assume that another book on this subject would be superfluous, but it quickly becomes clear that this is far from the case. While not so elegantly written as Dunn’s study, this is a work of great importance, crammed with electrifying new material from archives in England, Scotland and France.

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