Mary Queen of Scots by John Guy audiobook

Mary Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart

By John Guy
Read by Lucy Rayner

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25.14 Hours Unabridged
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In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history's greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady—achieving her ends through feminine wiles—and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I. Through Guy's pioneering research and superbly readable prose, we come to see Mary as a skillful diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions that sought to control or dethrone her. Mary Queen of Scots is an enthralling, myth-shattering look at a complex woman and ruler and her time.

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In the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of history's greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady—achieving her ends through feminine wiles—and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.

Through Guy's pioneering research and superbly readable prose, we come to see Mary as a skillful diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions that sought to control or dethrone her. Mary Queen of Scots is an enthralling, myth-shattering look at a complex woman and ruler and her time.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Rayner’s dulcet tones carry this biography to listeners. British, French, and Scottish history, politics, and intrigue are recited fluidly. Dialogue is rare but who speaks is obvious, with Rayner using subtle accents and intonations, especially for Scottish brogues. Rayner smoothly moves between languages and accents, with French, Spanish, Italian, and Latin flowing effortlessly. A narrative masterpiece. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Recent royal shenanigans look tame compared with what John Guy unearths.” Entertainment Weekly
“As enthralling as a detective story.” New York Times Book Review
“Never before has [Mary’s story] been told with such detail, accuracy, insight and drama.” Scotland on Sunday
“Gripping…a pure pleasure to read.” Washington Post Book World
“Reads like Shakespearean drama, with all the delicious plotting and fresh writing to go with it.” Atlantic Constitution Journal

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Author

Author Bio: John Guy

Author Bio: John Guy

John Guy studied history at Clare College, Cambridge, and became a lecturer on early modern British history and Renaissance political thought. He has held academic positions in Britain and the United States throughout his career and is still a fellow in history at Clare College, Cambridge, and teaches on the Yale in London program at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. He appears regularly on BBC Radio and has presented five documentaries for BBC2 television. He also writes and reviews for various newspapers and magazines, including the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and the Economist.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 25.14
Audience: Adult
Language: English