• Mary Queen of Scots

  • By: Antonia Fraser
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 25 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-22-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She was the quintessential queen: statuesque, regal, dazzlingly beautiful. Her royal birth gave her claim to the thrones of two nations; her marriage to the young French dauphin promised to place a third glorious crown on her noble head. Instead, Mary Stuart became the victim of her own impulsive heart, scandalizing her world with a foolish passion that would lead to abduction, rape, and even murder. Betrayed by those she most trusted, she would be lured into a deadly game of power, only to lose to her envious and unforgiving cousin, Elizabeth I.
Here is her story, a queen who lost a throne for love, a monarch pampered and adored even as she was led to her beheading, the unforgettable woman who became a legend for all time.
©1969 Antonia Fraser (P)2018 Tantor
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1 out of 5 stars
By Jade Rain on 08-14-18

Shockingly disingenuous.

Presents only extremely limited contemporaneous writings in order to give a disingenuous perspective exonerating Mary of every single motivation and action both before and after the murder of husband Darnley. Untrustworthy in the extreme. I was hoping to get an intimate window into what exactly may have led Mary to her portion of culpability. Instead, Mary is treated as a wide-eyed, helpless ingénue with no one to advise her, despite the fact that EVERYONE from Elizabeth to Catherine de Medici to the influential French bishops to the pope himself ALL instructed Mary repeatedly in stern or beseeching letters that she must try Boswell and then put her husband's killer far from her, and failing this, ALL then warning her not to marry the murderer of her husband. Not one of these correspondents' letters are even mentioned. Mary isn't innocent; she loved Boswell obsessively and with a blind madness, refusing to divorce him even with her kingdom and her life both at stake. It is inexplicable that almost five hundred years (and basic common knowledge) later, Antonia Fraser is determined to portray her thusly. All writings, records, and circumstances to the contrary are just completely ignored. A falsified biography, not merely mistaken, lazy, biased, or incomplete. Beyond disappointing.

Narrator gratingly nasal and cannot correctly pronounce "Riccio" or "Medici" or indeed any other non-Anglocized name.

Jane Dunn's "Elizabeth and Mary" gives a far more realistic, balanced, deftly nuanced portrait, presenting all possibilities both pro and con, without stretching credibility to the breaking point.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Miranda on 08-13-18


I was a French major in college and Mary Queen of Scots always interested me. I was so happy to learn much more about her in depth. This book was amazing and I am personally offended by her execution because I feel like I know her so well now. I love the show Reign and it was cool to see that it actually was a little bit accurate while I knew a lot of that show wasn't. I guess a Mary Queen of Scots movie is coming out in december and I am happy I read this before it comes out. I can't wait to see how it is. The narration was great by the way.

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