An Accidental Tragedy: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Birlinn, 2008 - Queens - 476 pages
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Based on contemporary documents and histories, Roderick Graham paints a unique picture of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, but as a young girl adrift in the dangerous seas of sixteenth-century politics. Mary Stuart had none of the ruthlessness of her contemporary sisters, and the female empowerment of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers or Elizabeth Tudor passed her by. In an age of intellectually brilliant and powerful women, Mary relied on her beauty and charm in place of reason and determination. Passively and gracefully, she allowed events to overtake her as accidents and when she did attempt to control her future she unwittingly set in a train of events that would lead her to the executioner's block.

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User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

This book was extremely well researched, and it certainly tells an interesting story in a fascinating time. Yet it goes into an exhaustive degree of detail on every aspect of her life, and it is often ... Read full review

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Comprehensive in the extreme. Also, she was a twit. Read full review

Contents

Scotland 154248
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One of the most perfect creatures
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Scotland 156168
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About the author (2008)

Roderick Graham was educated at the Royal High School of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University. He has worked in radio and television as a writer, director, and producer. He produced the award winning BBC program Elizabeth R with Glenda Jackson. He is the author of John Knox: Democrat, The Great Infidel: A Life of David Hume, and The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots: An Accidental Tragedy.

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