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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: A Study in Failure by Jenny Wormald. This biography sets out to show Mary as she really was -- not a romantic heroine, but the ruler of an important European kingdom. Born to supreme power, she was incapable of coping with its responsibilities.
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.
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.
The Love Affairs of Mary Queen of Scots: A Political History by Martin Hume. Claims that Mary's ruin was based on weakness of character.
The Little Book of Mary Queen of Scots by Mickey Mayhew. First-hand anecdotes and extracts from diaries, letters, and rare historical sources.
A Wee Guide to Mary Queen of Scots by Joyce Miller. A short introduction to Mary's dramatic life.
Mary's Life in Illustrations
Mary Queen of Scots by Susan Watkins, photographs by Mark Fiennes. This biography is illustrated with portraits of Mary and photographs of her letters, possessions, and castles.
Mary Queen of Scots: An Illustrated Life by Susan Doran. Biography. Contemporary records are either transcribed or explained with captions.
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.
Bittersweet Within My Heart: The Love Poems of Mary, Queen of Scots edited by Robin Bell.
The Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots by Margaret Swain. The first comprehensive study of the queen as a needlewoman. Every piece marked by her cipher or monogram is illustrated in full.
The Minority of James V: Scotland in Europe, 1513-1528 by Ken Emond. During the complex minority of King James V, the competing interests of England and France were personified in Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII, and John, Duke of Albany, who had been brought up in France.
Scourge of Henry VIII: The Life of Marie de Guise by Melanie Clegg. Biography of the mother of Mary, Queen of Scots. She spent 18 years effectively governing Scotland and safeguarding her daughter's inheritance with cunning, charm, determination and tolerance.
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.
Homecoming: The Scottish Years of Mary, Queen of Scots by Rosemary Goring. Examines the part Scotland played in Mary's life and downfall.
On the Trail of Mary, Queen of Scots by Roy Calley. A visitor's guide to the castles, palaces and houses associated with the life of the queen.
Mary, Queen of Scots and All Her Ghosts by Martin Coventry. Mary, Queen of Scots reputedly haunts more sites than any other ghost in the world.
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.
Fatal Majesty: The Drama of Mary, Queen of Scots by Reay Tannahill. A 1998 novel about Mary's life.
The Galliard by Margaret Irwin. Novel about Mary Queen of Scots's love affair with Lord Bothwell. First published in 1941 under the title The Gay Galliard.
Mary and Others
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.
19th Century Works
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.
The World of Mary, Queen of Scots