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Unknown to History: a story of the captivity of Mary of Scotland   By: (1823-1901)

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Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte Mary Yonge is a remarkable historical novel that delves into the tumultuous life of Mary, Queen of Scots. Set against the backdrop of 16th-century Scotland, this riveting tale takes readers on a captivating journey through a period of political intrigue, power struggles, and the resilience of the human spirit.

Yonge's vivid and intricate storytelling paints a vivid picture of Mary's life, from her early years as a queen to her eventual captivity in England. The author seamlessly weaves together historical facts and fictional elements, creating a compelling narrative that keeps readers engrossed from start to finish.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is Yonge's meticulous research. It is evident that she has invested a significant amount of time and effort in studying the historical events surrounding Mary's life, resulting in a well-crafted and highly authentic portrayal. From the political machinations to the personal relationships, every aspect of the story feels rooted in historical accuracy.

Moreover, Yonge's character development is truly exceptional. She introduces multidimensional characters that are both relatable and believable. Mary herself is portrayed as a complex figure, torn between her duty as a queen and her personal desires. Her strength, resilience, and unwavering spirit are portrayed in a way that evokes empathy from readers, making her journey all the more poignant.

The pacing of the book is also commendable, with Yonge skillfully balancing the numerous plot threads. From royal courts to prisons, from passionate romances to deadly power games, the narrative keeps readers engaged throughout. The author's ability to cultivate suspense and intrigue is notable, as she leads readers through twists and turns that constantly keep them guessing.

If there is one minor flaw in this otherwise exceptional novel, it is the occasional moments of overly detailed historical exposition. While the depth of research is admirable, some readers may find themselves momentarily overwhelmed by the plethora of historical data presented. However, this can also be seen as a testament to Yonge's dedication to accuracy.

In conclusion, Unknown to History: A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland is a captivating and meticulously researched historical novel. Charlotte Mary Yonge's exceptional storytelling skills, combined with her profound knowledge of the era, allows readers to immerse themselves in a vividly depicted world of political intrigue, personal sacrifice, and the quest for power. Anyone with an interest in historical fiction will find this book thoroughly engaging and a worthy addition to their reading list.

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Unknown to History

A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland

By

Charlotte M. Yonge

PREFACE.

In p. 58 of vol. ii. of the second edition of Miss Strickland's Life of Mary Queen of Scots, or p. 100, vol. v. of Burton's History of Scotland, will be found the report on which this tale is founded.

If circumstances regarding the Queen's captivity and Babington's plot have been found to be omitted, as well as many interesting personages in the suite of the captive Queen, it must be remembered that the art of the story teller makes it needful to curtail some of the incidents which would render the narrative too complicated to be interesting to those who wish more for a view of noted characters in remarkable situations, than for a minute and accurate sifting of facts and evidence.

C. M. YONGE.

February 27, 1882.

CONTENTS.

CHAPTER I. THE LITTLE WAIF

CHAPTER II. EVIL TIDINGS

CHAPTER III. THE CAPTIVE

CHAPTER IV. THE OAK AND THE OAKEN HALL

CHAPTER V. THE HUCKSTERING WOMAN

CHAPTER VI. THE BEWITCHED WHISTLE

CHAPTER VII. THE BLAST OF THE WHISTLE

CHAPTER VIII. THE KEY OF THE CIPHER

CHAPTER IX. UNQUIET

CHAPTER X. THE LADY ARBELL

CHAPTER XI. QUEEN MARY'S PRESENCE CHAMBER

CHAPTER XII. A FURIOUS LETTER

CHAPTER XIII... Continue reading book >>




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