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The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart by [Saunders, Danny]
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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.

Interwoven with historical facts of the era, the thrilling The Captive Queen saga is worthy of the greatest royal intrigues that still fascinate us several centuries later.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3908 KB
  • Print Length: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Danny Saunders; 1 edition (20 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KHAXQY0
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Amazon.com: 2.9 out of 5 stars 11 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating book! 18 April 2015
By Book enthusiast - Published on Amazon.com
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I was amazed by this recount of Mary Stuart's tragic life. Its pages are filled with drama, passion and betrayal! I was up all night reading it from cover to cover. I won't spoil the ending for you. All I can say is... wow!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What can I say????? 24 September 2014
By crystal - Published on Amazon.com
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Hate to slam a first novel by an author so all I will say is I am glad he has another job. I always finish a book I start but with this one it was a chore on every level.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible. What a Waste of Time. 24 July 2014
By Julie Merilatt - Published on Amazon.com
I love good Tudor fiction, but this is by far the worst example I have ever come across. Aside from the deplorable writing, the whole novel read like a history textbook. The narrative is completely devoid of emotion, the dialogue is wooden, and the lack of editing is obvious. Not only are the glaring mistakes distracting and often contradictory, the way the author addresses the characters drove me nuts. Instead of referring to them by their proper names, they were all referred to in an impersonal way (examples for Mary Stuart: the sovereign, the Scotswoman, the Stuarts’ daughter, the Scottish Queen, Elizabeth I’s cousin, the daughter of James V, etc).

Now to the plot… The opening chapter introduces the characters, including Mary’s lady-in-waiting, Charlotte, and hints at the plot that will lead to the title of the book. Then the author decided to spend a few chapters recapping Mary’s birth and early life. It is presented in the most straightforward, matter-of-fact way; it is so utterly dry. Then back to Charlotte and Mary and their relationship. Charlotte herself is vengeful, scheming and unlikeable. Once they are separated when Mary escapes to England, Charlotte’s narrative diverges from her mistress’s and becomes almost an afterthought. The synopsis would have you believe that one of the key plot points is Charlotte being sent to spy on reformist Presbyterian John Knox. It is barely worth noting and nothing resulted from that endeavor.

Overall, there are dozens of Tudor novels that I would recommend before this. If you want an uninspired, textbook reconstruction of Mary’s life devoid of any creativity or skill, by all means, waste your time here.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours.
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4.0 out of 5 stars `In my end lies my beginning' Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) 15 April 2015
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
British author Danny Saunders is of Scottish descent, holds a bachelor's degree in political science, pursued communication studies at the university level and has worked as a journalist for various written and electronic media. His passion for history and for royalty has lead to his debut novel and he quickly adds, `with The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart I wanted to pay tribute to one of the most popular historical figure of Scottish history.'

To get a flavor for Danny Saunders' historical novel it is well to dwell a bit on his Foreword: `When I was a child, my maternal grandmother often talked to me about the predominant place my ancestors had in the history of Scotland and, later on, Great Britain. Once I became an adult, I wanted to pay tribute to these men and women who have, since then, captured my imagination. The tragic life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was one of the most important periods in the history of these people. Since that time, no other woman has left such an indelible mark in the past of this country. Six days after her birth, Mary loses her father and becomes queen. She will rule Scotland from 1542 to 1567. Very early on, her reign will be disrupted by her tempestuous relationships with the men of her entourage along with the repeated conspiracies from the Protestants of John Knox. Held captive in England for nineteen years by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, she will be beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle on February 8, 1587. The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart is a historical fiction with a touch of romance. Although it recounts true facts, this book is by no means a biography. One of the main characters, the charming Charlotte Gray, is the sole fruit of my imagination, and any resemblance to reality is purely coincidental. Throughout this captivating story, you will be immersed in the plots that were hatching at the Scottish Royal Court, experience the religious confrontations with the Presbyterian Church along with Mary Stuart's imprisonment and decapitation. After a tumultuous past and a series of misfortunes, Charlotte Gray will attempt to take control of her existence by all means necessary. But will love and friendship finally prevail in this universe of betrayal and chaos?'

What follows is well research history for Mary Stuart but since through PBS series and various operas and plays and films we are familiar with the characters, Danny adds his own touch and his straying form actual fact enhances the romance of the drama. It is filled with the court details and fashions of the times and his introduction of Charlotte Gray is a bit of ingenious manipulation of history that ads a fresh light to this fascinating period of change.

Danny offers a synopsis that gels the book: `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. Interwoven with historical facts of the era, the thrilling The Captive Queen saga is worthy of the greatest royal intrigues that still fascinate us several centuries later.'

No, not all of it is fact, but the foundation is true, and Danny simply embellishes the tale with an infectious enthusiasm that makes the book a fine read. Grady Harp, April 15
3.0 out of 5 stars Well-Researched, but the Story Needs Work 27 May 2015
By John J. Staughton - Published on Amazon.com
I typically enjoy Elizabethan historical fiction, particularly because I have lived in England for a few years over the course of my life and have been fascinated by the royal intrigue of the British Isles. I have read the Gregory novels, and found them somewhat wanting, but they are certainly better than this offering by Saunders. I think that when a purely historian mind attempts to write engaging fiction, something disconnects and readers simply can't dig into the story. The depiction of Mary and Charlotte was somewhat sterile, as though this were a documentary instead of a fictional novel that was intended to draw us in and make us care about the readers. I didn't particularly like how much history and backstory we got about the characters before we even cared enough about them as players in a story. The writing was more appropriate for a textbook than a novel. The dialogue was unnatural and the pace of the entire book was disjointed and unpredictable.

However, that being said, the historical research that was done to provide the foundation for the story, as well as all the political machinations and events that led to Mary's imprisonment and eventual execution, was impressive, to say the least. I think that Saunders' true calling is in academia and researching Elizabethan England for a classroom, not a fiction-loving audience.

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