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David Rizzio & Mary, Queen of Scots: Murder at Holyrood by David Tweedie. Explains how Mary's friend and secretary, David Rizzio (or Riccio), enraged the Scots lords so much so that they plotted his murder.
The Queen's Man: James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell and Duke of Orkney, 1536-1578 by Humphrey Drummond. Biography, published in 1977.
The Politics of Religion in the Age of Mary, Queen of Scots by Jane E.A. Dawson is about the Earl of Argyll and the struggle for stability in Britain and Ireland.
The Challenge to the Crown by Robert Stedall. Examines the changing allegiances of the nobility during Mary Queen of Scots' reign. Followed by a sequel, The Survival of the Crown, about the return to authority of the Scottish crown following Mary's deposition from the throne, 1567 to 1603.
Mary Queen of Scots and French Public Opinion, 1542-1600 by Alexander S. Wilkinson. Examines what the French thought about Mary and her turbulent career.
The Rough Wooings: Mary Queen of Scots, 1542 -1551 by Marcus Merriman. While the queen was still a baby, the kings of England and Scotland were arguing about who she should marry. This book is about those marriage negotations. Winner of the 2001 Saltire Scottish History Book of the Year award.
A Dialogue on the Law of Kingship Among the Scots by George Buchanan. A translation of George Buchanan's De Jure Regni Apud Scotos Dialogus. Buchanan was an opponent of Mary Queen of Scots. He argued that Scotland's monarchs were not above the law.
On Rebellion by John Knox. A collection of the most significant political writings of John Knox, including his notorious First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women.
From Gileskirk to Greyfriars: Mary Queen of Scots, John Knox & the Heroes of Scotland's Reformation by Sir Walter Scott. Nonfiction account of Scottish history by the great Victorian novelist, written for his sick grandson. This is the second volume in Scott's Tales of a Scottish Grandfather series. The other books in the series are From Bannockburn to Flodden (Volume 1), From Glencoe to Sterling (Volume 3), and From Montrose to Culloden (Volume 4).
John Knox by Rosalind K. Marshall. A recent biography.
You Wouldn't Want to Be Mary Queen of Scots by Fiona MacDonald, illustrations by David Antram. Biography for children ages 4 to 8.
Mary Queen of Scots and All That by Allan Burnett, illustrated by Scoular Anderson. A humorous look at Mary's life, her rivalry with Queen Elizabeth I, and the secret plots that led to her execution.
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.
The Queen's Own Fool by Jane Yolen. This novel for children ages 9 to 12 recounts the life of Mary Queen of Scots as seen through the eyes of a jester.
Mary, Queen of Scots Paper Dolls by Tom Tierney. Three dolls and eight full-color plates depicting the queen's attire at various stages of her life, from jeweled wedding robes to a graceful black gown she made in prison.
These DVDs are formatted for North American audiences.
Mary, Queen of Scots. Vanessa Redgrave received an Oscar nomination for her starring role in this 1971 movie. Glenda Jackson plays Queen Elizabeth I. This DVD set also includes the movie "Anne of the Thousand Days," about English queen Anne Boleyn.
Mary of Scotland stars Katharine Hepburn as the doomed queen.
Haunted Edinburgh. This documentary takes viewers on a tour of haunted sites in Edinburgh. Hear from workers at Holyrood Palace, where the ghost of Mary Queen of Scots' lover is said to reside to this day. Some contend she is with him in death.