Book review: Marie Stuart by Stefan Zweig


Marie StuartMarie Stuart by Stefan Zweig

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The best biography on Mary Stuart’s life, no doubt about it.

Le mystère qui entoure la vie de Marie Stuart a été l’objet de representations et d’interpretations aussi contradictoires que frequentes: il n’existe peut-être pas d’autre femme qui a été peinte sous des traits aussi différents, tantôt comme une martyre, tantôt comme une folle intrigante, ou bien encore comme une sainte.

With an objective narrative, the author describes without passion, her first marriage with the French king Francis II, the murder of her fist husband, Lord Darnley as well as her love affair with Lord Bothwell.

Her long period of captivity is also described with plenty of details as well as the case of the casket letters.

Further readings and references may be found in the following books:

Mary Stuart: A Tragedy by Friedrich Schiller – available at Project Gutenberg.

The Abbot by Walter Scott – available at Project Gutenberg.

Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser

Mary Queen Of Scots: And The Murder Of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir

A splendid and unforgettable movie was made based on her life: Mary, Queen of Scots (1971) with Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan.

3* The Royal game
3* Beware of Pity
4* Amok
3* Chess Story
5* Marie-Antoinette
4* Burning Secret
3* Buchmendel
TBR Balzac : le roman de sa vie
TBR The World of Yesterday
TBR The Post-Office Girl
TBR Invisible Collection
TBR Letter from an Unknown Woman: The Fowler Snared
TBR Balzac, Dickens, Dostoevsky

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