Antonia Fraser's bestselling biography of one of the most romantic and controversial figures in British history.
'Ground-breaking ... One of the greatest international bestsellers of the post-war period' Andrew Roberts, Daily Telegraph
'Reads like an engrossing novel' Sunday Times
An infant queen. A teenage widow. Beautiful, flamboyant Mary Queen of Scots had a formidable intellect but her political sense - formed at the absolute court of France - plunged her country into a maelstrom of intrigue, marriage and murder. Upon fleeing to England she was held captive by her cousin Elizabeth I. In this classic biography, reissued for the fiftieth anniversary of its publication, acclaimed historian Antonia Fraser relates the enthralling story of Mary's life and untimely end.
'Lady Antonia Fraser tells Mary's story movingly and yet with scholarship, insight and balance. It is the sort of biography of Mary which has long been needed' - SCOTSMAN
'Fraser is at her best here, lucid, authoritative and compassionate' - SUNDAY TIMES
'This is a fine biography, sympathetic without sentimentality, and with a keen awareness of the texture of its subject's world' - LITERARY REVIEW
'Antonia Fraser long ago mastered the art of writing meticulous history so that it reads like an engrossing novel' - SUNDAY TIMES
Antonia Fraser is the author of many widely acclaimed historical works which have been international bestsellers. She was awarded the Medlicott Medal by the Historical Association in 2000 and was made a DBE in 2011 for services to literature.
Her previous books include Mary Queen of Scots, King Charles II, The Weaker Vessel: Woman's Lot in Seventeenth-Century England, which won the Wolfson History Prize, Marie Antoinette: The Journey, Perilous Question: The Drama of the Great Reform Bill 1832 and The King and the Catholics: The Fight for Rights 1829. Must You Go?, a memoir of her life with Harold Pinter, was published in 2010, and My History: A Memoir of Growing Up in 2015. She lives in London.
Visit Antonia Fraser's website at www.antoniafraser.com