National Book Critics Circle Award finalistÂ“A triumph . . . a masterpiece full of fire and tragedy.â€ť Â— Amanda Foreman, author of GeorgianaIn the first full-scale biography of Mary Stuart in more than thirty years, John Guy creates an intimate and absorbing portrait of one of historyâ€™s greatest women, depicting her world and her place in the sweep of history with stunning immediacy. Bringing together all surviving documents and uncovering a trove of new sources for the first time, Guy dispels the popular image of Mary Queen of Scots as a romantic leading lady Â— achieving her ends through feminine wiles Â— and establishes her as the intellectual and political equal of Elizabeth I.Through Guyâ€™s pioneering research and superbly readable prose, we come to see Mary as a skillful diplomat, maneuvering ingeniously among a dizzying array of factions that sought to control or dethrone her. Queen of Scots is an enthralling, myth-shattering look at a complex woman and ruler and her time.Â“The definitive biography . . . gripping . . . a pure pleasure to read.â€ť Â— Washington Post Book WorldÂ“Reads like Shakespearean drama, with all the delicious plotting and fresh writing to go with it.â€ť Â— Atlanta Journal-ConstitutionJohn Guy is a fellow in history at Clare College, University of Cambridge, and the author of several books, including the best-selling textbook Tudor England.