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Genre Fiction
  • Author:
    Carolly Erickson
  • ISBN:
    0312652739
  • ISBN13:
    978-0312652739
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  • Publisher:
    St. Martin's Griffin; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Pages:
    352 pages
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    Genre Fiction
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She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and . I like anything by Carolly Erickson, and this book does not disappoint. I found it an extremely enjoyable read told from Queen Mary's point of view in a journal.

She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and creates a passionate woman readers will understand and adore. 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.

She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and .

Erickson's latest historical entertainment (her words) covers the life of Mary Queen of Scots from the time she .

Erickson's latest historical entertainment (her words) covers the life of Mary Queen of Scots from the time she was married to Francis and became Queen Consort of France, her return to Scotland as Queen after she is widowed, her marriage to the despicable Darnley and his murder, her subsequent marriage to Bothwell and her eventual imprisonment by Elizabeth I. It's al. When writing historical fiction, Carolly Erickson does a very credible job. I've read a lot about both Elizabeth and Mary and despite some glaring inaccuracies, I would recommend this book.

In this dramatic, compelling fictional memoir Carolly Erickson lets the courageous, spirited Mary Queen of Scots tell her own story-and the result is a novel readers will long remember

In this dramatic, compelling fictional memoir Carolly Erickson lets the courageous, spirited Mary Queen of Scots tell her own story-and the result is a novel readers will long remember. 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

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She arrived one day, brought to Wingfield Manor by two messengers wearing the Norfolk livery of green and silver at, rubbing her nose, admirin.

She arrived one day, brought to Wingfield Manor by two messengers wearing the Norfolk livery of green and silver at, rubbing her nose, admiring the way her tail was braided, remarking over her hooves, which were striped black and white. She was small, a woman’s riding horse rather than a man’s, and she seemed to favor me as I approached her and held out my hand. She nuzzled me and made soft snuffling sounds.

Erickson departed so far from the history of Mary Queen of Scots that I actually began to doubt myself. It very clearly looks like an historical novel about Mary, Queen of Scots, told from her point of view. I kept thinking, "I don't remember that happening. did that happen? Did I miss something?" No, I did not miss anything. As a memoir would be. And I was enjoying the book pretty well - more than I normally do when reading a biography. I've never studied this period of English/Scottish history before, and knew only the most basic facts about Mary.

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots . Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Carolly Erickson's historical novel Rival to the Queen, narrated by Susan Lyons.

Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction.

The same is true for Carolly Erickson's latest historical novel, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots. The book does not focus just on the intrigues of Mary Stuart's later years

The same is true for Carolly Erickson's latest historical novel, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots. The book does not focus just on the intrigues of Mary Stuart's later years. Instead it presents a fuller portrait of the woman who was for a time Queen of France and Scotland and who is a direct ancestor of the current British monarch. There is a reason that Erickson refers to her non-fiction works as "historical entertainments". After a long successful career as a writer of non-fiction histories and biographies, she understands that nearly every historical figure had areas.

Queen of Scotland at six days of age, 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 to the dashing 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 escaped to Englandonly to find herself a prisoner of her ruthless, merciless cousin Queen Elizabeth. Here, in a riveting first-person account, is the enchanting woman whose name still evokes excitement and compassionand whose death under the headsman's axe still draws forth our sorrow.


Not-the-Same
I am not dissing the author's writing ability at all. But I did not like the multiple liberties taken with actual history - so many subplots were totally fictionalized and I am too much of a stickler for accurate history.
LØV€ YØỮ
First I want to say that I like Erickson's writing style. Having read one of her books before, I had high expectations for this. This particular novel of hers does not work for me tho. Whereas I like the fact that it is not 1000 pages and it gets to the point, unlike Margaret George's version, I hated how Mary Queen of Scots comes across. She is a simpering, whiny, worthless woman.

The book begins in France with her marriage to the impotent, childlike, and sickly dauphin, Francis. Thankfully, he dies quickly in the story. I couldn't take much of him. However, once Francis is out of the picture, his replacement, the Lord Darnley, is even more nauseating. This man fornicates with singing Italian men, kicks his servants in the crotch, and even goes so far as to practically paralyze a man because he walked into a room before Prince Henry. However, for reasons that are not made clear, Mary BEGS this man to marry her. As callous as this is going to sound, I failed to feel sorry for Mary anymore after this even when Henry rapes her in front of his friends. Because up to this point, all Mary has done is buy dresses to impress this guy. There is never any mention of her ruling her kingdom, listening to petitions, or doing anything remotely worthwhile for her country or its subjects. There has been a battle that she supervised only to feel sick afterwards.

I never grew to like this woman. When the gunpowder plot occurs, she practically faints and then has her lady Margaret rub her stomach for her so she doesn't vomit. When she escapes to England and is in captivity with George and Bess as her guardians, she demands cloth of state over chair and more horses and this and that. When an ambush occurs that breaks Lady Margaret's arm, what does Mary do? Hollers for her servants. The woman is unable to do a thing for herself or anybody else. What kind of queen is this?

The most enjoyable parts for me were when the Lord Bothwell came to her "prison" in England disguised as a peddler in order to um.. "ravish" her so to speak. I found that amusing.

I preferred Mary Queen of Scotland & The Isles: A Novel despite its inability to end. Whereas most readers prefer historical accuracy in their historical fiction novels, I respect that an author needs room to elaborate on little known information to make a story interesting. I would like to see MORE liberties taken on this subject. If anybody out there decides to put this woman in a kilt and figuratively speaking, give her some balls, I will be glad to read it. Meanwhile, this is my fourth and my last Mary Queen of Scots book because I have grown weary of simpering women that do nothing but buy dresses from dwindling treasuries.
Abuseyourdna
I like anything by Carolly Erickson, and this book does not disappoint. I found it an extremely enjoyable read told from Queen Mary's point of view in a journal.
Zololmaran
...because I have been fascinated by the story of this tragic queen for a long time and have read several other fictional treatments of her life. Unfortunately, this novel added nothing to my understanding of Mary and the world she inhabited. Mary comes off as shallow, gullible and one-dimensional in this treatment, and events in the novel strained my willingness to suspend disbelief to the breaking point. I could just buy that Mary met secretly with Elizabeth at some point during her long captivity - that incident was at least plausible. But that Bothwell visited her frequently during her imprisonment? That Mary escaped from England, spent several years as a guest of the pope, and a couple more at a farm in Normandy? Sorry, even for fiction that was too much for me to swallow. For a much better fictional telling of Mary's story, I would recommend (in addition to the works mentioned by previous reviewers) Immortal Queen by Elizabeth Byrd. Don't waste your money on this book.
Munimand
Perfect
Erienan
This a perfectly dreadful book. I almost never toss a book (and have thousands of them around the house and even more we have passed on or recycled) but this book is so inaccurate that I would hesitate to give it to anyone.......especially someone not totally immersed in this period's history. Don't waste your money or your eyesight.
Iaiastta
Quick read most of it was factual.
Loved this story, even though, it was fictional. Could not put the book down!