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Political schemes, religious partisanship and unbridled love shake the Royal Court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty. Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of the infamous preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in her power to remain the sovereign's lady-in-waiting. As for the Queen of Scots, she faces turmoil of a completely different kind: prisoner in a castle under the command of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart learns that she is the victim of a vast conspiracy and that her English counterpart has ordered her imminent execution. Despite their hardships, Mary and Charlotte will keep their dignity throughout the storm. The two women will finally find serenity, one in the arms of a man and the other in the arms of God.
Entwined with the historical facts of the era, The Captive Queen: A Mary Stuart Novel, is the notable debut from historical fiction author Danny Saunders. Writing in a genre that often leans towards the trite and predictable, Saunders clearly has a passion for historical accuracy as he nimbly weaves fact and fiction into a lively, literary tapestry. You might think that there could be nothing more to say on the subject of Mary, Queen of Scots and yet, Saunders finds a way to bring those harrowing historical events of Tudor England to life with a refreshingly original perspective. His protagonist Charlotte Gray may well be a figment of his imagination, but she is a compelling character and the one to which many readers will be most drawn. Through her, Saunders offers a front row seat to events that shaped the history of England and Scotland, and by the end of his book she seems to transcend the dictates of fiction alone.
An accomplished debut from an author with a bright future, The Captive Queen is a mesmerising tale of Elizabethan England which is sure to find favour amongst fans of historical fiction. It is recommended without reservation.
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