It is a challenge to write a novel about Mary Queen of Scots – so much has been written about her already – a play and an opera as well as dozens of histories. In this novel I looked at her long years of imprisonment and the extraordinary triangle that developed between her, her gaoler the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wonderful wife Bess of Hardwick. The dynamic between these three makes this novel not just a historical novel about the times but a psychological study of three people trapped together.
I has been Queen of England for ten years. She is still unmarried, despite
considering several suitors and having conducted a love affair with the married
Robert Dudley Earl of Leicester – whose wife had then died under suspicious
circumstances. With no heir, Elizabeth refused to name a successor – leading to
the dissolution of parliament and putting England in a potentially dangerous
position. One possible successor to Elizabeth was her first cousin once removed – the
Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, whom many English Catholics believed to be the
true English heir to the throne. However Mary is under imprisonment in Loch
Leven Castle after marrying her third husband James Hepburn, 4th Earl of
Bothwell – the man widely believed to have earlier murdered Mary's second
husband Lord Darnley – and she appeals to her cousin Elizabeth for support.
Winner of a bronze award for Best Narration – Ensemble at the New York Festivals Radio Awards 2019.
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