Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country

Mary Queen of Scots Queen Without a Country Mary the young Scottish queen is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France s King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry s son Francis

  • Title: Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country
  • Author: Kathryn Lasky
  • ISBN: 9780439194044
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mary, the young Scottish queen, is sent a diary from her mother in which she records her experiences living at the court of France s King Henry II as she awaits her marriage to Henry s son, Francis.

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    1. I read these books when I was little, so I have a very childish adoration for them. However, reading them now I am irritated with the historical inaccuracies since they help perpetuate the lack of knowledge having to do with history in general. MQoS is a very complex figure given a very anglo personality, when she was notoriously French. She reads like Elizabeth I, who the writer of this book wrote for. Despite that all, I was willing to ignore that since not a lot is know about certain figures [...]

    2. I think this is such a nice way to educate children on the day to day lives of Tudor monarchs and it was certainly very informative, even though it lacked in plot. I was a bit confused as to the characterisation of the four Mary's. I was under the impression that Mary Livingston was full of life and sporty (hence the nickname Lusty), and not timid and shy as she is described. I'm sure it doesn't matter too much as the aim of the diary was well put across.

    3. Watching the TV show Reign so I got to keep up on my historical fiction!Plus, I loved Queen Elizabeth's historical fiction diary that Kathryn Lasky wrote.

    4. Oh the memories!! This book was primarily responsible for the beginning of my love for the historical enigma that is Mary, Queen of Scots. I especially enjoyed learning about the fascinating intrigues that made up the French court, how Catherine de Medici may have been perceived, and the tight friendships between both Mary and Francis, and Mary and her 'lucky four-leaf-clover' friends, all also called Mary. Well-written and engaging, I would recommend this to anyone who has an interest in histor [...]

    5. another solid installment in this series. Originally posted on Small ReviewI don't have much to say about this book. I read it a while back and then stalled on the review, to the point where I don't really remember all that much. Which, I guess, says a lot in and of itself. As an entry in The Royal Diaries series, this one isn't bad, but it didn't really stand out much either. Given their short length (made even shorter by the diary format and big historical notes section padding out the back en [...]

    6. I went back to the grove where we had our picnic. Alone, I attempted to listen to the sound of the water as it tumbled and the whisper of the leaves. I wanted to still time and for one minute try to hear the strange music of eternity, for I do believe that this is from what poetry is created -- lost moments recovered and made timeless.Re-read this book after over a decade because I've been wanting to since the show Reign came out. I absolutely enjoyed this book, and it might be marketed as for k [...]

    7. I thought the story was all right if you don't mind your kids reading about adultery and sexual harassment. The Epilogue was poorly done, only 1/2 a page, mentioning the fact that Mary did marry Francis. Then it had a long paragraph about Mary's cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England. It mentioned nothing about the fate of Mary, Queen of Scots. Then I read the Life in France section and it explains the Reformation. Again, nothing about the fate of Mary. It isn't until you get to the Stuart family tr [...]

    8. I had to study Mary Queen of Scots during my English lit courses and I must say that I find this period of history incredibly confusing (so many Marys) because of that this isn't my favorite Royal Diaries book, but it is still somewhat interesting to consider that these famous figures were children at one point and forced to grow up in a hurry for the sake of their country. The epilogue was so short given the historical influence she had so I felt a bit disappointed by the hurried way the book w [...]

    9. I remember reading this book for the first time in the fourth grade, and now they have a historical drama show called "Reign" based on her life. This, with the exception of Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, has always been my favorite book from The Royal Diaries series. Although I know that not everything is completely accurate, we were able to get a glimpse of how her life might have been, as well as understand many historical aspects of the book. Although this series may be targeted towards M [...]

    10. Graded By: JennieCover Story: Ye'll Take the High Road, and I'll Take the Low RoadBFF Charm: YaySwoonworthy Scale: 3Talky Talk: Gifted & TalentedBonus Factors: Girl Posse, Nostradamus, ScotlandAnti-Bonus Factor: Sexual AssaultRelationship Status: Love TriangleRead the full book report here.

    11. Well i felt that this book was accurate in the historical back round, and the characters were well developed. However I was disappointed because the conflict and purpose of the book really wasn't strong at all. Mary Queen of Scots was murdered and in History had a strong want to murder her cousin Elizabeth and become Queen of great Britain.In the book, Mary was simply just a child with no purpose.

    12. Re-read childhood favourite. Now that I've seen CW's Reign (and am on a bit of a Middle Ages European History kick) reading this is certainly entertaining and much easier to understand compared to when I was a child.

    13. Hmm. Interesting, but much different in tone from most of the other Royal Diaries books--intensely religious and yet still featuring a major plot full of intrigue and deception, when in most of the other novels that happens off-screen. Mary as a character comes across as a bit stiff, and I don't know enough about her as a historical personage to say whether or not that's borne out, but ultimately it's fairly middle of the road as far as Royal Diaries books go. For my full recap and review includ [...]

    14. I loved these books as an adolescent, I collected them all, I read and re-read them. I went on to be a history major and librarian and I think that it is in no small part due to books like these that made history feel alive to young women in a way that many/most of the books at the time did not.

    15. I thought it was fascinating and intriguing as it had fact and fiction intertwined. It was absolutley brilliant, I think.

    16. Not going to lie, this did start a period of interest in the figure of Mary, Queen of Scots for me back as a young teenager.

    17. Mary, Queen of Scots / 0-439-19404-0This Royal Diary is, in many ways, one of the most touching entries in the series. Mary, the young Queen of Scotland, has been living in France, in a sort of 'pleasant' exile, far from her home, her country, and her loving mother. Bright, cheerful, and healthy, she frets for her young fiance, a sickly boy who she has come to regard as a friend, if not necessarily the most desirable of suitors. Though she is a Queen, she is without a court beyond her four deare [...]

    18. The Royal Diaries series is a book series that I absolutely love. It is a fictional diaries of real princesses and noble ladies from the history. Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587) became a queen of Scotland when she was a week old. Her father King James V passed away and she was his only child. Mary was betrothed at four to Francis, the son King Henry 2. The diary begins when Mary is eleven where she is living in the French court.I feel that the book doesn’t have a strong story arc because of [...]

    19. My goodness, I forgot what a great story-crafter Kathryn Lasky is. I listened to an audiobook of her Royal Diaries book about Elizabeth I over and over again when I was a child and loved the fact that I didn't feel like I was a child listening to a middle-grade book; I felt like I was listening in on a real account of history and it was emboldening and exciting to have such a good story in my heart. Suffice it to say, I loved the Royal Diaries as a kid and Kathryn Lasky's Royal Diaries books in [...]

    20. Mary, Queen of Scots is one of my favourite European queens so I was pretty excited to read this book that has a fictional account of her preteen years. I think the best way of summing up my reading experience with this book is that it was mildly interesting. My expectations were a little high, I suppose, especially since Mary is one of my favourites.This book takes place during the part of Mary’s life when she is living in France with her betrothed, Francis, the crown prince of France. She is [...]

    21. Mary Queen of Scots was a fascinating historical figure and I think that in some ways, Queen Without a Country does her justice. On the other hand, objectively speaking, it wasn’t the best book I’ve ever read. I’ll talk about the latter first.Throughout the whole book, Kathryn Lasky seemed to be trying to get at something, hinting at some greater meaning. Yet at the end of everything, all we see is a stereotypical, predictable ‘ending’ that shows Mary’s ingenuity but doesn’t leave [...]

    22. Mary became Queen of Scotland when she was just a baby because of the death of her father. Though in a time where alliances among the nations of Europe were important, Mary was sent away from her home at age five to live in the court of King Henry II of France, where she was educated and lived as one of the family until she old enough to marry Henry's son, Francis. Though she did often visit her grandmother and her uncles ca. To visit often in which they would read fake letters from Mary's mothe [...]

    23. This is a simple tale of a complex woman. There is nothing in depth about this book and I skimmed parts that seemed boring and trite.Mary was six days old when her father, King James V of Scotland, died on the battlefield. At nine months of age, she was crowned queen of Scotland.This book does not focus on the complexity of her tragic life, rather it reflects the time period when, as a very young child, she was sent to France to live in the court of King Henry II. An alliance was formed to wed M [...]

    24. Mary became Queen of Scotland when she was just a baby, after the death of her father. But in a time where alliances among the powerful nations of Europe are important, Mary is sent away from her home at age five to live in the court of King Henry II of France, where she will be educated and live as one of the family until she old enough to marry Henry's son, Francis. The year is 1553, and Mary is eleven. She longs for her homeland, and for her mother, but is good friends with nine-year-old Fran [...]

    25. A very interesting read! Mary Queen of Scots is the diary of Queen Mary when she is about 11 or 12 to 13. She was crowned Queen of Scotland only 6 days after her birth and was to marry Francis the Dauphin of France since she was four. This book was brilliant! It opened my eyes to the early life of the young Queen. When I read To Kill A Queen I thought she deserved the fate she got but now I think she didn't deserve it now. A truly wonderful book for lovers of History! Everyone was a likeable cha [...]

    26. I bought this for my daughter who is a pre-teen. I liked this a little better than the Catherine of Aragon one I just finished because this diary was from Mary herself rather than a maid (in Catherine's book). I think I would have found it more interesting if the diary was from later in her life but it was interesting to see the political and historical background that she grew up in, albeit a little "uncomplicated" - but such, this is a children's book and I think the level of detail is aimed a [...]

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