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by Carolly Erickson

Genre: Historical Romance, Historical Fiction
Sensuality: MILD
Setting: 16th-century Scotland

2009 Historical Biography Nominee

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As one of the foremost fictionalized biographers writing today, Erickson breathes life into history and brings great women to life. She brilliantly takes Mary, Queen of Scots, out of the historical record and creates a passionate woman readers will understand and adore.

At age 15, Mary, Queen of Scotland, is already beset by worries. Married to the sickly Francis, Dauphin
of France, she must produce an heir when her husband is unable to bed her; she must also deal with Catherine de Medici's ruthless hold on the kingdom; rescue her mother as traitors try to control Scotland; and wonder if the dire predictions Nostradamus made to France's king will come true.

With Francis' death, Mary returns to Scotland, where she becomes Elizabeth I's greatest rival for the throne of England. Elizabeth rules with her head, while Mary is led by her heart. Mary's three marriages are clouded by suspicion
and scandal, and she is imprisoned by Elizabeth, then beheaded as a traitor. What begins as a bright life ends in tragedy. Erickson's engrossing narrative allows Mary to speak and readers to decide what kind of woman she was.
(ST. MARTIN'S, Sep., 320 pp., $25.99)

Reviewed By: Kathe Robin

Publisher: ST. MARTIN'S

Published: September 2009

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