Mary Queen of Scots: Film Tie-In by John Guy is a book that examines the life of Mary Queen of Scots. I picked up this book because I have always had a fascination in the Tudor period of history and the realisation I probably wouldn’t be able to see the latest Film.
Mary Queen of Scots: Film Tie-In took me a month to read which I found quite strange as I didn’t find the book a hard read. The read itself was easy but having had a cold and then just found it hard to get into the routine of reading again dragged out the process. This book for me was well written and was as if you were having a conversation with John Guy about Mary and the events that happened in her life, it wasn’t just quoting history with dates it was adding the personal touch and adding another view on the world that Mary lived in.
We are led to believe in school that Kings and Queens of this era in school didn’t answer to no one. That Elizabeth was probably one of the best Monarchs that the British Isles has ever seen. While this could be true, and she did achieve some amazing achievements this book brought to light that even Kings and Queens of this era, while still having the majority of the power in the kingdom still had to balance Parliament. They couldn’t just do what they wanted and it was interesting to see Mary balance both sides of an argument on religion and the way in which she should rule over Scotland.
Overall I gave Mary Queen of Scots: Film Tie-in a 4/5 on Goodreads because it was enjoyable to read while being informative. I found it hard to judge the book, to be honest being factual and might re-frame from scoring them too much in the future because a lot of the scoring should come to their accuracy as well. I would highly recommend this read as it is a really good insight into being a Queen in the 15th Century and the political turbulence that comes with it.