An Accidental Tragedy: The Life Of Mary Queen Of Scots by Roderick Graham

By Roderick Graham

In keeping with modern files and histories, Roderick Graham paints a different photo of Mary that sees her neither as a Catholic martyr, nor as a husband-murdering adulteress, yet as a tender woman adrift within the harmful seas of sixteenth-century politics. Mary Stuart had not one of the ruthlessness of her modern sisters, and the feminine empowerment of Catherine de Medici, Diane de Poitiers or Elizabeth Tudor handed her through. In an age of intellectually marvelous and strong ladies, Mary trusted her good looks and grace instead of cause and resolution. Passively and gracefully, she allowed occasions to overhaul her as injuries and while she did try and keep watch over her destiny she unwittingly set in a teach of occasions that may lead her to the executioner's block.

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