One of the most famous queens in history, Mary Stuart lived in her homeland for just twelve years: as a dauntless child
who laughed at her friends' seasickness as they sailed to safety in France and later, on her return as a 18-year-old
widow to take control of a nation riven with factions, dissent and religious strife. Brief though her time in Scotland was,
her experience profoundly influenced who she was and what happened to her.
In this book, Rosemary Goring tells the story of Mary’s Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric
locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place and also examines the part Scotland, and its
tumultuous court and culture, played in her downfall. Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, in this
evocative retelling she can be seen for who she really was.