A Fascinating Historical Read
I've just finished a book written in the 60s by a lady called Antonia Fraser, she wrote a lot of historical non-fiction during that decade but I'd never actually heard of her until I found this book in a charity shop a few weeks ago. The subject of the book is Mary Queen of Scots, a figure I know a little about as she overlaps the Tudor dynasty who I have a huge interest in - I didn't know much more other than the basics of her life and death though, and having got through the 600+ pages in this book I can honestly say I've learned an awful lot.
I read historical fiction and non-fiction but something about Fraser's style of writing really appeals to me, it's quite heavy going in places (especially in light of everyone being called John, Thomas or Henry at the time...) but the author's turn of phrase is so interesting and inclusive. I also like the fact she seems more light-hearted, maybe even a touch more romantic, than more modern historians who are becoming ever more exact in their telling of events and failing to look at the 'maybes'. No one can be 100% sure of anything that happened 428 years ago so it was nice to hear the author's version of the Queen's story as well as looking at the facts and figures regarding her life.
I'm going to get onto Ebay tomorrow and see what other books I can get my hands on by Antonia Fraser - and if you'd like to know more about this fascinating historical character do look out for the book, named simply Mary Queen of Scots.
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