wonderfully thorough history of the Scots that thankfully avoids dwelling
on stories that have been explored countless times before-especially fitting
now as Scotland decides whether to withdraw from the union with England."
also brings alive a neglected aspect of British history - the blood-spattered
steps taken by two small countries on the fringes of Europe towards an awkward
unity that would ultimately forge a great nation. Beginning with the unlikely
and dramatic victories of two usurping kings, one a rank outsider and the
other a fifteen-year-old boy who rebelled against his own father, the book
will shed new light on Henry VIII, his daughter, Elizabeth, and on his great-niece,
Mary Queen of Scots, still seductive more than four hundred years after her
Linda's third book is
Versus Stewarts: The Fatal Inheritance of Mary Queen of Scots
is now available in th US from St. Martin's.