The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots: Elizabeth I and Her Greatest Rival


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Pegasus Books
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5.9 X 9.1 X 1.5 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author

Kate Williams is the author of the New York Times bestseller Becoming Queen Victoria, which was the inspiration for the Academy Award-winning film The Young Victoria, starring Emily Blunt and Rupert Friend as Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. She is also the author of Ambition & Desire, a biography of Josephine Bonaparte. Kate works as CNN's British royalty and historical expert. She lives in England.


This very readable and fast-paced biography relates the story of Mary Stuart in a fresh and engaging way. Highly recommended.
There is much to cover in this elegant synthesis of royal biography and political thriller, and Williams is adroit in her handling of it. A scintillating, provocative analysis of Mary and Elizabeth's reigns and their relationship.
A refreshing, engaging biography. Tudor-Stuart enthusiasts will appreciate the greatly vibrant tone in this account.
Williams expertly and entertainingly details the twisty and sordid path to the monarch's execution. In framing Mary's story as being one about 'how we really think of women and their right to rule, ' Williams hints at its ongoing resonance.
A sharp new history of two adversarial monarchs. Though parts of the story may be well-known to readers of royal history, Williams injects enough fresh viewpoints to make it a satisfying whole.
Kate Williams has succeeded brilliantly in bringing us a fresh Mary--one who she has set in a gloriously rich context, while making her tragic heroine irresistibly real and relevant. But the true triumph of this book lies in the perfect balancing of Williams's excellent research with the need to keep the pages turning. Its pace is perfect, and there isn't a line wasted in this taut, dramatic, and utterly beguiling biography.--Charles Spencer, author of 'To Catch a King'
Looks past tired stereotypes to give fresh insights into Mary's tumultuous life and death.
What makes [the book] special is Williams's understanding of how gender shaped Mary's life.