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  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Scottish writer and producer Graham (BBC's Elizabeth) delivers a robust, evenhanded life of Elizabeth I's Catholic cousin and eventual betrayer.The author clearly has little sympathy for pampered Mary ... Read full review

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User Review  - cacky - LibraryThing

Nothing new in this book, except the author's perspective. Very sympathetic towards Mary. Read full review


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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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