• Queen of Scots

  • The True Life of Mary Stuart
  • By: John Guy
  • Narrated by: John Guy
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 06-02-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: HarperAudio
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.2 (118 ratings)

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Editorial Reviews

John Guy reads his compelling biography of Mary, Queen of Scots himself, bringing his years of experience in lecture halls to this more intimate medium. His portrait sets Mary squarely into a time that in turn sends her careening down her doomed path and into the popular imagination. Guy seems to understand his strengths as an audio performer and steers away from investing each character in the tableau with a unique voice. He delivers his captivating story in a clear, unadorned way, which neither adds to nor detracts from the spellbinding text.
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Publisher's Summary

An intimate, myth-shattering new biography of Mary Queen of Scots by a premier historian that draws on a trove of newly discovered sources. Queen of Scots, the first full-scale biography of Mary in more than 30 years, offers a singularly novel, nuanced, and dramatic portrait of one of history's greatest women. John Guy draws on sources, many previously unstudied, as varied as the secret communiques of English spies and Mary's own letters.
Dispelled is the ingrained popular image of Mary as a romantic leading lady, achieving her ends through feminine wiles, driven by love to murder, undone by passion and bad judgment. We come to see her as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions who sought to control or dethrone her. Guy's investigation of Mary's storied downfall throws sharp new light on questions that have baffled historians for centuries, and offers convincing new evidence that she was framed for the murder for which she was beheaded.
©2004 John Guy (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Reads as thrillingly as a detective story, and is rich in detail and authoritative in its analysis." (The Sunday Times)
"Mary's is a complicated story, as were Scottish politics at the time, but Guy explicates the complications...with both authority and clear illumination." (Booklist)
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Customer Reviews

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5 out of 5 stars
By Glenn Newell on 06-01-16

Excellent Listening

This book has been the best account and most true account of Mary Stuart's life and death.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By LRK on 04-05-16

So entertaining and full of detail

What did you love best about Queen of Scots?

I had wanted a good bio on Mary since I returned from Scotland. This was exactly what I was looking for. It had a great speed while still giving detail and insight. The narrator was very professional and didn't try to give her a silly voice as I find men often do to women on these audio books. The book also seems to do well without bias for or against her which I enjoy. Being such a controversial figure, I think it's important for each reader to make their own conclusion. I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves history of royal figures or Scotland.

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