Hey! I'm Hannah and I'm new.
I'm doing an individual study for my History A'Level and I've chosen to do the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. I've always been fascinated by Tudor History but wanted to explore an aspect of it I hadn't studied before. I found Antonia Fraser's book on Mary et voila!
However, I have to buy lots of books and resources to help me with my study. Instead of wasting my money on buying books that might not be good, I though I might seek some advice as to what books, websites, articles, films, documentries etc may be useful. I'm particularly interested in the period before Mary's time time in England, so anything to do with that would be incredibly helpful!
You might enjoy John Guy's 'My Heart is My Own' which I believe is the latest reinterpretation of Mary's life. This is also useful for highlighting some of the differences between the attitudes of Elizabeth and her councillors (particularly Cecil) towards Mary, which might be something you will want to consider.
If you want to read up on Mary before she comes into England, you might find Gordon Donaldson's biography of Mary to be of use, although some of the interpretation in this is a little dated - it was written in the 1970s, I think. But it does look at Mary from a more Scottish perspective. It's out of print, but you should be able to pick it up cheaply enough via abe or possibly ebay. Oh and Donaldson - as well as Guy - seems to be in love with his subject!
For a totally different point of view, Jenny Wormald's 'Mary Queen of Scots: A Study in Failure', is worth a read. This is the title the book was given when it was first published - it's now been re-published as 'Mary, Queen of Scots: Pride, Passion and a Kingdom Lost' but is essentially the same book. Jenny never fails to get a dig in at Mary if at all possible!!
For specialist articles about Mary's time in Scotland, try Michael Lynch's edited volume, 'Mary Stewart: Queen in Three Kingdoms' which was published by the Innes Review in 1988, although this could be tricky to get hold of now.
Finally, I often find the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a good starting point. The article there on Mary is written by Julian Goodare, a Scottish historian, and is far more substantial than the term dictionary suggests, I would definitely recommend it. I think when I printed it out, it ran to over 30 pages. If you can't access the online DNB, which is at http://www.oxforddnb.com - depends if your school has subscribed - then let me know and I can email you a copy of it.
On September 8th, 2006 01:42 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) replied:
No my school hasn't subscribed and that article sounds like it would be helpful!! My email address is email@example.com. I'd be really appreciative if you could email it to me if that's too much trouble!
Many Thanks =)