Book: Mary Queen of the Scots (The Legendary Women of World History Book 3) by Laurel A. Rockefellercategories: Book, Scotland, Biography, Great Britain, Queen, Reformation, Protestant, Catholic, 16th Century, Murder, Domestic Violence, Renaissance, Mary Stuart
Laurel A. Rockefellerabout this book: "Of Scotland Forgotten
Woe to thee, oh Scotland
Our Pictish mothers' tears like highland rain
For the queens of old are forgotten
Their valour now seen as depraved.
Where is your love for your queens
For Picts and Scots, Gaels and Brigantes?
For fair Mary your queen -- cast aside
And praised instead the Puritan's hateful hand.
You drove the fairest queen far away
To die disgraced on an English axe
Spilling the fairest and most Scottish blood of all.
And with her died the Scottish heart: brave and free."
While most people know Queen Mary was executed 8 February 1587 for her involvement in the Babington Plot to kill Queen Elizabeth, very few people know much about her as a person, let alone her initially very successful reign in Scotland itself. Unusually tall (six feet when most women were less than five feet tall) and one of the most beautiful women in Renaissance Europe, Mary Stuart was charismatic, charming, and truly adored by the poor and middle classes in Scotland. In a time when the rich and powerful mostly cared about securing more wealth and power for themselves, Queen Mary loved socializing with her most common of subjects.
Sadly for the queen, she could not bring herself to marry beneath her class, forcing her into the arms of her cousin Henry Stewart Lord Darnley and thus to her downfall.
This is Mary's story, a story of love, of music, and of terrible violence. It is a tale of Scotland forgotten and its most tragic queen.
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