of Crown of Thistles:
Times - Saturday, 10 August 2013
- Melanie Reid -
"Whoring, killing and plotting: why we all
love the Tudors.
racy tale of Mary, Elizabeth and the dawn of a dynasty grips Melanie Reid
all this power 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. This is Porter's unique selling point
in a crowded field. She looks at the Tudors and Stewarts from the period
of the queens' great-grandfathers: two dynasties, English and Scottish,
fighting like vicious neighbours over a Leylandii hedge, yet ultimately
converging within the Union of the Crowns under James I & VI in 1603."
REVIEW August 2013 - John
of Thistles is to be applauded as a highly courageous, pioneering attempt to
brush the cobwebs off the existing national histories." "Always professional
in conception and dispassionate in style, her book deserves a wide
Friday 9, August 2013 -
"Mary Stuart's "fatal inheritance" was the
long-standing power struggle between the English and Scottish royal families.
Her fatal tussle with her cousin Elizabeth I was just one stage in a battle
for supremacy that had started with their grandfathers and would not be
resolved untio Mary's son, James VI of Scotland, became James I of England.
Mary's life was reich in incident and Linda Porter recounts it with judiciousness
10 August 2013-
"The book is elegantly written, decently
researched and, crucially, it will alert a new readership to a neglected