The Tudor-Stewart rivalry
Crown of Thistles is the story of a divided
family, of flamboyant kings and queens, cultured courts and tribal
hatreds, blood feuds, violent deaths, rape and sexual licence on a
breath-taking scale. Here are some of the greatest rulers in our
history. At its heart is the greatest prize of all - the joint
sovereignty of two kingdoms.
- an epic journey through the turbulent history of two nations, engagingly
written and showing a masterly balance of politics and vivid personal detail"
Porter has found a fresh approach to her biography, and told it with grace
Mail on Sunday, 18 August 2013
"Linda Porter's evocatively titled new history of the Scottish
and English power struggles from the mid 15th century to the 1603 accession
of James VI and I of Scotland and England is impressive.
Life, 18 Septemberr2013
"Porter's magnificent account of Scotland's feuding factions"
Observer - Sunday, 25 August 2013
Porter has finally responded, crafting the national histories into a genuinely
'British' interpretation of the long century from the 1450s until Mary Stuart's
flight across the Solway Firth to exile in England in 1568."
Review August 2013
killing and plotting: why we all love the Tudors - A racy tale of Mary,
Elizabeth and the dawn of a dynasty grips Melanie Reid . . . Into all this
phwoar and war steps the historian Linda Porter, coolly crafting the authentic
story of how Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I came to be, rather than
simply who they were . . . Her writing is bold, insightful and vivid."
Times Saturday, August 10, 2013