Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise - download pdf or read online

By Melanie Clegg

Although Mary, Queen of Scots keeps to fascinate either historians and most of the people alike, the tale of her mom, Marie de Guise, is far much less popular. A political energy in her personal correct, she was once born into the strong and impressive Lorraine relations, spending her youth on the awesome and licentious court docket of François I. even though in brief courted via Henry VIII, she as an alternative married his nephew, James V of Scotland, in 1538.

James' untimely demise 4 years later left their six day outdated daughter, Mary, as Queen and awarded Marie with the bold problem of successful the help of the Scottish humans and maintaining her daughter’s threatened birthright. content material formerly to stay within the historical past and play the a part of the obedient spouse, Marie spent the subsequent eighteen years successfully governing Scotland, devoting her huge mind, braveness and effort to safeguarding her daughter’s inheritance by utilizing a deft mix of crafty, appeal, selection and tolerance.

The final severe biography of Marie de Guise was once released in 1977 and while lots of awareness has been paid to the error of her daughter’s eventful yet short reign, the time has come for a clean review of this such a lot attention-grabbing and lower than favored of 16th century girl rulers.

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