“Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century: The Return of Mary Queen of Scots” by Stephen J. McDowall is published
About the Book:
In Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century: The Return of Mary Queen of Scots, Stephen McDowall covers some seven years of Catholic Mary’s life, from her return to newly Protestant Scotland following the death of her husband, the French King, until her escape to England following the Battle of Langside. There are so many facets to this story that overlap, creating a complicated path to follow. The complex political milieus in Scotland, France, England and Europe all have a bearing, and watching the weaving unfold is a delight as the more McDowall tugs, the more and more information he discovers and codifies in this tome of Scottish history, which is composed in chronological order.
There is so much here, following the history with Mary as its centrepiece. The Reformation had turned Scotland mainly Protestant, while the Scottish Queen was a devout Catholic with a claim to the English throne. The Catholic Church hoped that Mary would be able to return Scotland to Catholicism, and with her designs on the English throne, it also hoped that she would be the catalyst to return England to the Catholic fold. In a period in which England and Scotland, France and Spain were all heavily embroiled in political machinations and positioning, the book also deals with Mary’s relationship with Queen Elizabeth; her plan to invade England and take the crown; her marriage to Lord Darnley; his murder; her marriage to his alleged murderer, the Earl of Bothwell; and the murder of her secretary Riccio and much more.
‘Scotland’s Religious War – 16th Century: The Return of Mary Queen of Scots’ brings history alive in the telling of an intricate and interconnected story. This is the tale of a person, a period and a country.
About the Author:
Stephen J. McDowall is a Scottish Chartered Accountant who, having retired early from an international accountancy practice, turned to his first love Scottish history. Having researched 16th century Scotland for a number of years, he decided to use his forensic skills to piece together Catholic Mary Queen of Scots return to newly Protestant Scotland, following the death of her husband the French King, until her exile following the Battle of Langside. A period turbulent not only in Scottish history but in European also, as is reflected in his debut book.
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