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Books on Mary Queen of Scots
Queen's Own fool
Queen's Own Fool: A Novel of Mary Queen of Scots
by Jane Yolen

I must confess that Jane Yolen could scribble on a cocktail napkin and I would call it a work of art. But this telling of Mary Queen of Scots from the viewpoint of her female jesture is as equally captivating as some of her other works. Yolen creates an auora of queenly mystique around Mary and tanatalizing readers with glimses into Mary's corrupt world. The romances and murder plots keep the book flowing while Mary's head strong, jesture, Le Jardiniere, provides a unique contrast to Mary's fraility. Le Jardiniere seeks the truth while Mary stays in the dark. It's a concept that I think ultimately led to Mary's demise. Readers will inevitably want to learn more about this controversial queen and her downfall.

Here is Amazon's description:

"Where history ends, storytelling begins," writes Jane Yolen in her author's note to this exciting novel based on the life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Only a few facts are known about Mary's young female jester, le Jardiniere, but Yolen and her collaborator, Scottish writer Robert Harris, have created a fascinating girl narrator based on this historical oddity. Le Jardiniere relates the true and tragic tale of the ill-fated 16th-century queen of Scotland.

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Mary's death warrant

The cat fight that ended on the scaffold.

In 1587, Elizabeth signed Mary's death warrant (above) convicting her of treason. Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle on February 8, 1587. Mary knew that her execution would shock the rest of the world. At her trial she said, “Remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.” Elizabeth did not need the warning. She was very aware that Mary's execution would cause the world to choose sides. Ironically, it still does today.
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