- ISBN 9780500288177
- 25.00 x 24.00 cm
- 194 Illustrations, 194 in colour
- First published 2009
‘A beautifully produced account’ – Scottish Field
‘Fascinating . . . the pictures and paintings are a delight . . . a colourful and covetable book’ – Marie Claire
‘No man ever saw her without love,’ according to the French chronicler Abbé Brantôme, ‘or will read her history without pity.’ The story of Mary, the beautiful and free-spirited Queen of Scots, resonates down the centuries and continues to hold a special place in the public imagination.
Susan Watkins re-creates the world in which Mary lived – from the landscapes, the palaces and the courtly culture to the finer details of the domestic scene – in vivid word pictures that give life to their reflections in the real pictures which accompany them, a wealth of historical illustrations and specially taken photographs by Mark Fiennes. No other book has so graphically presented Mary’s life, one of the most poignant stories in history.
‘Remember that the theatre of the world,’ Mary told her judges in proud defiance, ‘is wider than the realm of England.’ Hers was – and is – a role on the world stage.
Susan Watkins has received wide acclaim for her books Jane Austen: In Style and Elizabeth I and Her World, both published by Thames & Hudson. Mark Fiennes was an internationally renowned photographer who contributed to many books on architecture, landscape and gardens.