Mary Queen of the Scots: The Forgotten Reign by Laurel A. Rockefeller

We believe it’s safe to say we enjoy reviewing Laurel’s books. The Naked Reviewers have also reviewed, Hypatia of Alexandria, Cleopatra VII: Egypt’s Last Pharaoh, His Red Eminence, Armand-Jean du Plessis de Richelieu, Boudicca, Britain’s Queen of the Iceni, and Catherine de Valois: French Princess, Tudor Matriarch.

Queen Mary Stuart was one of the most beloved and controversial women in Scottish history. The granddaughter of King James IV and his wife Margaret Tudor, Queen Mary’s status as heiress-apparent to Queen Elizabeth’s throne in England paired with the violence of the Scottish Reformation set the stage for one of the most dramatic and poorly understood lives of the 16th century.

Mary Queen of the Scots tells Mary’s true story, focusing primarily on her reign as queen of Scotland, celebrating her life more than her death and showing us all why she was truly a woman ahead of her time.

Features a detailed timeline, a list of Latin prayers with their English translations, and the lyrics to all four featured period songs performed in the book, including “Depairte, Depairte” (1545) written in Old Scot.

A little about Laurel first:

author interview TNR
Born, raised, and educated in Lincoln, Nebraska USA Laurel A. Rockefeller (Gaelic: Labhrais Eun Caraid) is an author of over twenty books published and self-published since August 2012 and in languages ranging from Welsh to Spanish to Chinese and everything in between. A dedicated scholar and biographical historian, Ms. Rockefeller is passionate about education and improving history literacy worldwide.
With her lyrical writing style, Laurel’s books are as beautiful to read as they are informative.
In her spare time, Laurel enjoys spending time with her cockatiels, travelling to historic places in both the United States and the United Kingdom, and watching classic motion pictures and classic television series. Favourites: Star Trek, Doctor Who, original Battlestar Galactica, and Babylon 5.
Laurel proudly supports Health in Harmony, The Arbor Day Foundation, and other charities working to protect and replant forests globally.

Elkin Hardcoves’ Review: 4.7-Stars

This is not the first historical fiction work that I’ve read by this author, and like that previous work, it is everything I expected it to be. We immediately start in the forgotten reign of Mary, Queen of the Scots, in Paris when the streets rang with “The king is dead! Long live the queen!”. The queen in question is the grand-niece to King Henry VII of England, Princess Mary, now Queen Mary due to her mother being the Queen Mary of Guise.

When Mary was ten, five years after having been in Paris, news of her cousin, King Edward VI, came that he was deceased. So started the brief reign of her cousin, Lady Jane Gray, instead.

This telling of Queen Mary offers more of her thoughts and reasons behind her actions as she moved from Paris to her return to Scotland to reign as the country’s queen. Most stories of this time highlighted her death versus her actions that led her towards her death.

Queen Mary was notably overshadowed by Queen Elizabeth and had a life wrought with anger, anguish, and bitterness along with love. Turbulent times called for drastic measures and this telling does a beautiful job painting her as such along with the clashing of religions.

This is a very quick and brief historical book about Mary Queen of Scots. I am not sure what age group this work was intended for, but I would definitely say it is geared towards school-age children and it will certainly give them great insight into Mary’s life, told in an easy-read way without making history seem boring.

Karen Meyer’s Review: 4-Stars

A short story very unlike most of Laura Rockefeller’s works. So though it is her usual in-depth research, the story itself just tells the very basic information about Queen Mary’s life. This is more of a documentary than a piece of fiction.

This would be a very good piece for a lazy high school student who didn’t want to do the research themselves, to plagiarize. I love it because I know Laura put her heart into it, but I feel it only gets 4 stars because of its length.

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