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Mary, Queen of Scots

Queen Without a Country
(A book in the Royal Diaries / My Royal Story series)
A novel by

Sent from her native Scotland to live in the court of her future father-in-law, King Henry II of France, young Mary, Queen of Scots, spends her time attending balls, hunting and hawking, learning Latin and fractions and music, and playing with her future husband, Francis. In Kathryn Lasky's fictionalized diary of the 11-year-old queen, readers will get a piquant taste of 16th-century life in Europe. Mary is quite aware of her role as the betrothed to France's royal family. Playing chess together one day, Francis comments to Mary, "Did it ever strike you, Mary, that we are not so much children and sons and daughters of parents as we are pieces on a gigantic chessboard called Europe? You are given to me to help checkmate England." As with the other titles in the Royal Diaries series (Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, etc.), a fact-packed historical note, epilogue, paintings, and family tree provide just enough additional information to whet the appetites of readers for more about the ill-fated queen of Scotland and France. (Ages 9 to 14) --Emilie Coulter

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

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Used availability for Kathryn Lasky's Mary, Queen of Scots

Hardback Editions

April 2002 : USA Hardback

Title: Mary, Queen of Scots: Queen Without a Country, France 1553 (The Royal Diaries)
Author(s): Kathryn Lasky
ISBN: 0-439-19404-0 / 978-0-439-19404-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
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Paperback Editions

May 2010 : UK Paperback

Title: Mary Queen of Scots (My Royal Story)
Author(s): Kathryn Lasky
ISBN: 1-4071-1622-3 / 978-1-4071-1622-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Scholastic
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Kindle Editions

April 2014 : UK Kindle edition

Title: My Story: Mary Queen of Scots
Author(s): Kathryn Lasky
Publisher: Scholastic Non-Fiction
Availability: Amazon UK