The Royal Stuarts by Allan Massie
A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

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"Compelling...A masterly feat...A magnificent, sweeping, authoritative, warm yet wry history."

--The Wall Street Journal

 

In this fascinating and intimate portrait of the Stuarts, author Allan Massie takes us deep into one of history’s bloodiest and most tumultuous reigns. Exploring the family's lineage from the first Stuart king to the last, The Royal Stuarts is a panoramic history of the family that acted as a major player in the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Union of the Crowns, the English Civil War, the Restoration, and more. 

 

Drawing on the accounts of historians past and present, novels, and plays, this is the complete story of the Stuart family, documenting their path from the salt marshes of Brittany to the thrones of Scotland and England and eventually to exile. The Royal Stuarts brings to life figures like Mary, Queens of Scots, Charles I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, uncovering a family of strong affections and fierce rivalries. Told with panache, this is the gripping true story of backstabbing, betrayal, and ambition gone awry.


 

About Allan Massie

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Allan Massie is a novelist, essayist and critic.
 
Published December 20, 2011 by Thomas Dunne Books. 385 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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Queen Mary’s story has been told often elsewhere, and provides the saddest interlude, while her son, James VI, proved the great survivor, an intellectual, solid Protestant and patron of the arts, effectively putting Scotland’s house in order before Elizabeth I’s death invited him to join the thro...

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James V had gloomily predicted that "It cam wi' a lass and it will gang wi' a lass", but the line eventually "went" not with a girl but a gay man, Henry, son of the Old Pretender, brother of Charles Edward Stuart, and briefly the "Cardinal King" of Jacobite romance.

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With the issueless death of Elizabeth I, however, came the union of the crowns, as James VI of Scotland—whose mother, Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots), had been executed by Elizabeth—possessed just enough Tudor blood to be named successor: "James VI and I."

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The Telegraph

Allan Massie covers the full period .

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The Telegraph

Henry Stuart, the younger brother of Bonnie Prince Charlie, was the last of the direct Stuart line.

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Scotsman.com

Add that to his intellectual achievements – "perhaps the only king of either Scotland or England who may reasonably be styled an intellectual" in Massie's assessment – and Scott's judgment of James as "the least talented of his line" looks distinctly unfair.

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Portland Book Review

In this work Allan Massie explores the entire Stuart line of kings and queens, from Robert II to Anne.

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BBC History Magazine

At the end of his highly readable chronicle of the lives and loves of the Stuart family, arguably Britain’s most successful royal dynasty, Allan Massie concludes: “It was a long journey from the salt-marshes of Brittany to the gloom of the Palazzo Muti.” Originating among the Anglo-Breton aristoc...

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