The Scottish Years of Mary, Queen of Scots
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Brings into vibrant focus some lesser-known, intimate details about the young queen that make her wholly relatable today
Like Mary, Homecoming is fresh and flighty, maddening, but irresistibly unbuttoned
If anyone was able to add anything fresh to the story of Mary's life...then it would be Rosemary Goring, who has carved out an eminent role for herself as a highly respected author of books about Scottish history
Rosemary's book breathes life into this legendary Queen
Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, she can be seen for who she really was... thanks to Rosemary's painstaking research
East Fife Mail
a nicely measured book, intelligent, engaging and well-balanced
‘tells the story of Mary's Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place’
History Scotland Magazine
a fresh, richly detailed biography'
Do we really need another book on Mary, Queen of Scots? Yes, because this is the most easily understood of the quagmire that Mary found herself in on her return to Scotland as its queen. Wonderfully written and fascinating for its social history of the era. I can't recommend it highly enough
The Watermill Bookshop, Aberfeldy
In this beautifully crafted and deeply researched biography, Rosemary Goring delivers a fascinating account of the twelve years Mary Stuart resided in her native Scotland, and the events that shaped her life as well as the Scottish nation
This is a fascinating account of the Scottish years of a remarkable Queen. Mary’s life is vividly and dramatically portrayed here by Rosemary Goring
Little Brown Book Group
Refreshingly, Goring presents a very even-handed view of Mary, as a queen and as a woman, and the book is full of small details that bring her and her world to life'
Book of the Old Edinburgh Club
About the Book
One of the most famous queens in history, Mary Stuart lived in her homeland for just twelve years: as a dauntless child who laughed at her friendsʼ seasickness as they sailed to safety in France and later, on her return as a 18-year-old widow to take control of a nation riven with factions, dissent and religious strife. Brief though her time in Scotland was, her experience profoundly inﬂuenced who she was and what happened to her.
In this book, Rosemary Goring tells the story of Mary’s Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place and also examines the part Scotland, and its tumultuous court and culture, played in her downfall. Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, in this evocative retelling she can be seen for who she really was.
Linlithgow Palace * Stirling Castle * Dumbarton Castle * Leith * Holyrood Palace * Crichton Castle * Darnaway Castle * Huntly Castle * Spynie Palace * Falkland Palace * Seton Palace * St Andrews and Fife * Dunbar Castle * Edinburgh Castle * Traquair House * Hermitage Castle * Jedburgh, Mary Queen of Scots House * Craigmillar Castle * Edinburgh and Kirk o’ Field * Borthwick Castle * Carberry Hill * Lochleven Castle * Langside * Dundrennan Abbey
Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied at the University of St Andrews. She worked at W&R Chambers as a reference editor before becoming literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. She was also the literary editor for The Herald and Sunday Herald, and is the author of two historical novels, After Flodden and Dacre's War.
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