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Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by John Guy. This biography presents Mary as an emotionally intricate woman and an adroit diplomat, the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I. The British title of this book is My Heart Is My Own. Winner of the Whitbread Biography Award.
Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser. This classic, prize-winning biography is an indispensable resource. It focuses on Mary's personality and private life.
Mary Queen of Scots: An Illustrated Life by Susan Doran. Biography. Contemporary records are either transcribed or explained with captions.
Mary Queen of Scots by Retha Warnicke. Biography that focuses on the personal side of Mary's life: her three marriages, her constant illness, and her role in numerous plots and conspiracies.
Mary Queen of Scots by Susan Watkins, photographs by Mark Fiennes. This biography is beautifully illustrated with portraits of Mary and photographs of her letters, possessions, and castles.
An Accidental Tragedy: The Life of Mary, Queen of Scots by Roderick Graham. Biography of a passive young woman who became a victim of circumstance.
Mary Stuart by Stefan Zweig. Biography of Mary, Queen of Scots, who was executed at the age of 44.
Mary, Queen of Scots: Truth or Lies by Rosalind Marshall. Biography that examines key mysteries of Mary's life.
A Wee Guide to Mary Queen of Scots by Joyce Miller. A short introduction to Mary's dramatic life.
Mary Queen of Scots by David Hay Fleming. A brief biography with critical notes, a few documents, and an itinerary. First published in 1897. Out of print, but available at Alibris.
The Enigma of Mary Stuart by Ian B. Cowan. A 1971 biography. From Alibris.
Mary, Queen of Scots: The Fair Devil of Scotland by Jean Plaidy. A nonfiction account of Mary's life, written by a popular 20th century historical novelist. From Alibris.
Writing Renaissance Queens by Lisa Hopkins. Texts by and about Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Reading Monarchs' Writing edited by Peter C. Herman. Criticism of the poetry of Henry VIII, Mary Stuart, Elizabeth I, and James VI/I.
Eros and Poetry at the Courts of Mary Queen of Scots and James VI by Sarah M. Dunnigan. Argues that in this period, erotic poetry can only be considered in relation to the figure of the monarch.
Bittersweet Within My Heart: The Love Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots edited by Robin Bell. Out of print, but sometimes available at Alibris.
The Needlework of Mary, Queen of Scots by Margaret Swain. Includes 12 color photos and 77 black-and-white illustrations. Out of print in the U.S., but available at Alibris.
Mary of Guise in Scotland, 1548-1560: A Political Career by Pamela E. Ritchie. About Mary Stuart's mother, a shrewd politician whose dynastic interests took precedence over her personal convictions.
On the Trail of Mary Queen of Scots by Keith J. Cheetham. A guidebook to sites related to the queen's life. Includes maps.
Mary Stuart's Scotland: The Landscapes, Life, and Legends of Mary, Queen of Scots by David and Judy Steel. Modern photos and historical illustrations of sites associated with Mary's life. Out of print, but available at Alibris.
A Queen's Progress by David J. Breeze. An introduction to the buildings associated with Mary. Includes color photos and maps. Out of print, but sometimes available at AbeBooks.
Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles by Margaret George. Although slow at times, this long novel provides a good introduction to the topic and a sympathetic picture of Mary.
Royal Road to Fotheringhay by Jean Plaidy. The haunting story of the beautiful and tragic Mary, Queen of Scots. (Bestselling novelist Plaidy, who died in 1993, was also known as Victoria Holt.)
The Captive Queen of Scots by Jean Plaidy. Novel about Mary, Queen of Scots's imprisonment in England.
The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson. The courageous, spirited queen tell her own story.
The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory. The newly married Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick, become jailers of doomed Mary Queen of Scots, and their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion.
Blood Between Queens by Barbara Kyle. Queen Elizabeth I her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots are locked in a deadly rivalry for the crown of England.
The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas. Novel set at the start of the reign of Mary, Queen of Scots. After a dying queen gives Rinette Leslie a casket full of Scotland's darkest secrets, she is surrounded by ruthless men who will do anything to possess it.
A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley by Julianne Lee. Lady Janet de Ros thinks the recently executed Mary Stuart was not guilty of plotting against Queen Elizabeth I and killing Lord Darnley. Her investigation could endanger her life and disgrace her family.
Fatal Majesty: The Drama of Mary, Queen of Scots by Reay Tannahill. A 1998 novel about Mary's life.
The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots by Carolyn Meyer. Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, 18-year-old Mary is set adrift in the harsh world, alone. For ages 12 and up.
Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller, translated by Eric Bentley and Joseph Mellish. An early 19th century German play.
Darnley by Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton. A 19th century English play.
Mary Stuart by Alexandre Dumas. Account of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots written by the great French novelist. Out of print, but available at AbeBooks. (Read descriptions carefully; some copies are not regular books, but ebooks or audio cassettes.)
The World of Mary, Queen of Scots