Homecoming

The Scottish Years of Mary, Queen of Scots

Rosemary Goring

In this book, Rosemary Goring tells the story of Mary's Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place and also examines the part Scotland, and its tumultuous court and culture, played in her downfall.
Date Published :
October 2022
Publisher :
Birlinn
Illustration :
16pp color plates
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781780277233
Pages : 336
Dimensions : 9.45 X 6.3 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$30.00

Overview
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One of the most famous queens in history, Mary Stuart lived in her homeland for just twelve years: as a dauntless child who laughed at her friendsʼ seasickness as they sailed to safety in France and later, on her return as a 18-year-old widow to take control of a nation riven with factions, dissent and religious strife. Brief though her time in Scotland was, her experience profoundly influenced who she was and what happened to her.

In this book, Rosemary Goring tells the story of Mary’s Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place and also examines the part Scotland, and its tumultuous court and culture, played in her downfall. Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, in this evocative retelling she can be seen for who she really was.

Locations included: 

Linlithgow Palace * Stirling Castle * Dumbarton Castle * Leith * Holyrood Palace * Crichton Castle * Darnaway Castle * Huntly Castle * Spynie Palace * Falkland Palace * Seton Palace * St Andrews and Fife * Dunbar Castle * Edinburgh Castle * Traquair House * Hermitage Castle * Jedburgh, Mary Queen of Scots House * Craigmillar Castle * Edinburgh and Kirk o’ Field * Borthwick Castle * Carberry Hill * Lochleven Castle * Langside * Dundrennan Abbey

About The Author
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Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied social and economic history at the University of St Andrews. She was the literary editor of Scotland on Sunday, followed by a brief spell as editor of Life; Work, the Church of Scotland’s magazine, before returning to newspapers as literary editor of the Herald, and later also of the Sunday Herald. In 2007 she published Scotland: The Autobiography: 2000 Years of Scottish History By Those Who Saw it Happen, which has since been published in America and Russia. Rosemary’s first novel was After Flodden.

REVIEWS
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"Brings into vibrant focus some lesser-known, intimate details about the young queen that make her wholly relatable today."

- Sally McDonald, Sunday Post

"Like Mary, Homecoming is fresh and flighty, maddening, but irresistibly unbuttoned."

- Jessie Childs, Times

If anyone was able to add anything fresh to the story of Mary's life...then it would be Rosemary Goring, who has carved out an eminent role for herself as a highly respected author of books about Scottish history'

- Ken Lussey, Undiscovered Scotland

Rosemary's book breathes life into this legendary Queen'

- Southern Reporter

Whether or not Mary Stuart emerges blameless or guilty, she can be seen for who she really was... thanks to Rosemary's painstaking research'

- Julie Currie, East Fife Mail

a nicely measured book, intelligent, engaging and well-balanced'

- Allan Massie, The Scotsman

‘tells the story of Mary's Scottish years through the often dramatic and atmospheric locations and settings where the events that shaped her life took place’

- History Scotland Magazine

a fresh, richly detailed biography' 

- Scottish Field

Do we really need another book on Mary, Queen of Scots? Yes, because this is the most easily understood of the quagmire that Mary found herself in on her return to Scotland as its queen. Wonderfully written and fascinating for its social history of the era. I can't recommend it highly enough'

- The Watermill Bookshop, Aberfeldy

In this beautifully crafted and deeply researched biography, Rosemary Goring delivers a fascinating account of the twelve years Mary Stuart resided in her native Scotland, and the events that shaped her life as well as the Scottish nation'

- Waterstones Bookseller

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