Review – The Wild Queen: The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots

“I agreed though reluctantly, for I saw no reason why a son should be more important than a daughter, especially when the daughter was queen.”

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, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone.Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hoping that a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.

I got very curious about Mary Stuart after watching the TV series Reign and when I found this author a while ago and saw that she had written a book just about Mary Queen of Scots, I obviously couldn´t keep away. The book follows Mary through her entire life from childhood, through coronation, marriages and intrigues that would lead to her death. I liked the book very much, although sometimes it felt like they were just scratching on the surface of her story. When the end came and how Carolyn chose to describe it, in the form of a farewell letter from Mary, yes I admit it, the tears came. It was so emotional and very intimate. I also appreciate that Carolyn clearly, black on white, also says that part of the things that happened, no one really knows how it happened in Marys history and that people still today are divided into two camps.
The mystery of the strong Mary Queen of Scot will surly outlive us all.

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