Fatal Majesty: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots

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St. Martin's Press, 1999 - Fiction - 466 pages
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Returning from the sophisticated court of France to take up her throne in a cold and backward Scotland, 18-year-old Mary found herself trapped in a web of ambitions and intrigues -- those of her self-righteous brother, James, whose ambition was to rule in her place; of her brilliant Secretary of State, Lethington, dedicated to placing the Stuarts on the throne of England; and of Elizabeth I, dazzling and unscrupulous, who feared Mary as a threat not only to her crown but to her life. Reay Tannahill depicts the resulting intrigues as not merely desperate events in an era of easy violence, but as episodes in a grand, sometimes terrifying, and ultimately successful design.

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An interesting and mostly engaging account of the reign and abdication of Mary Queen of Scots. Some characters are very well developed (Lethington for example), while others fall flat. The motivations ... Read full review

Fatal majesty: a novel of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Readers hoping for a fictionalized biography of Mary Queen of Scots on the level of Margaret George's Mary Queen of Scotland & the Isles: A Novel (LJ 8/92) will be disappointed. Focusing primarily on ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Tannahill was born and raised in Scotland and is a graduate of the University of Glasgow.

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