Tudors Versus Stewarts

Tudors Versus Stewarts

The Fatal Inheritance of Mary, Queen of Scots

Book - 2014
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Evaluates the rivalry between the fertile Stewarts and barren Tudors as critical to the sixteenth-century British Isles, tracing three generations of feuding that led to the violent competition for the throne between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780312590741
0312590741
1466842725
9781466842724
Branch Call Number: 921 Mary
Description: xi, 523 pages, 8 unnumbered unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations , genealogical tables ; 25 cm

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MisterWhiskers
Nov 01, 2016

Based on the title, the book is ostensibly about Mary, Queen of Scots. Yet, it is much more than that. The opening chapter begins in 1485 with the battle that put Mary’s Great-Grandfather, Henry VII on the throne of England. Mary is not born for some 57 years and 300 pages later. While the book culminates with the life of Mary Stewart, the narrative is much more focused on the amazing events leading up to her sad reign and eventual execution.
A fascinating book which reads much like a novel, I found it wonderfully entertaining as well as educational. However, I found it difficult to keep track of the multitude of characters spanning generations because so many had the same names (Henry, James, Mary, Elizabeth, etc). To further complicate this, a great many of the figures had titles, and the author would sometimes refer to these nobles by their names and other times only by their titles.

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