The Life of Mary by Roderick Graham
Queen of Scots: An Accidental Tragedy

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Mary, Queen of Scots lived during one of the most fascinating periods in history. Graham’s epic work paints a unique picture of this controversial woman, showing her to be neither a Catholic martyr nor murdering adulteress but a passive young woman caught up in the ruthless sea of sixteenth-century politics who lacked the shrewdness and empowerment of her contemporaries—Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers and Elizabeth Tudor. Instead, she relied on her beauty and charm and allowed herself to be a victim of circumstance. When she did finally attempt to control her future, she set in motion the events that would lead her to the executioner’s block.
 

About Roderick Graham

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Roderick Graham was educated at the Royal High School of Edinburgh and Edinburgh University. He has worked in radio and television as a writer, director, and producer. He produced the award winning BBC program Elizabeth R with Glenda Jackson. He is the author of John Knox: Democrat, The Great Infidel: A Life of David Hume, and The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots: An Accidental Tragedy.
 
Published August 4, 2009 by Pegasus. 542 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Scottish writer and producer Graham (BBC's Elizabeth) delivers a robust, evenhanded life of Elizabeth I's Catholic cousin and eventual betrayer.

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French-raised Mary Stuart's life began with tragedy and ended with tragedy for both the monarch and Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots has not always been shown in a positive light, but Graham'

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Mary Queen of Scots has not always been shown in a positive light, but Graham's pro-Elizabeth bias appears in his showcasing of the instincts of wily, intellectual Queen Elizabeth against naïve, spoiled Mary.

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Mary Queen of Scots was put to death by her cousin, Elizabeth I, in 1587.

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