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Blood Feud

(2018)
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"Much-needed analysis of a sinister sibling rivalry" - Marie Macpherson, author of The First Blast of the Trumpet

Mary Queen of Scots is one of history's most famous monarchs. A sovereign almost from birth, her life has been subject to intense scrutiny. So too have her relationships, from those she shared with her three husbands to that with the sixteenth-century's other famous queen, her cousin Elizabeth.

There remains, however, a relationship that has been little explored: that between the Scottish queen and her base-born brother, James Stewart, the earl of Moray. Theirs is a drama of suspicion, political intrigue, religion, and entitlement. It is the story of siblings torn apart by their own desires, their relationship tested to breaking point by the greed and influence of others.

Born into a masculine world of majesty and power, it was up to Mary and James Stewart to forge a partnership in which the sister wore the crown and her brother held the reins.

United, they presented the Stewart dynasty as an equal to that of their Tudor cousins.

Divided, they fell into war, rivalry, hatred, and imprisonment.

Drawing on letters, state papers, and the wealth of conflicting scholarly studies of Mary Queen of Scots, Steven Veerapen uncovers a world of intrigue, secrecy, and ruthless ambition. In doing so he reveals the true natures of Mary and James Stewart. She is a shrewd, politically-astute queen regnant who ruled from the head but was beset by physical and mental illness; he was a cautious, religious convert who sought power but feared responsibility.

The story of Mary Queen of Scots remains as enigmatic and beguiling as ever. By looking at the most significant relationship in her life, Blood Feud provides an exhilarating new perspective on the woman behind the icon.

Praise for Steven Veerapen:

"A superb, page-turning debut. The author balances gimlet-eyed research with narrative drive and clever reveals... Danforth is a strong yet torn central character... I look forward to reading the second book in the series." Richard Foreman

"The series goes from strength to strength." Thomas Waugh

Steven Veerapen was born in Glasgow and raised in Paisley. Pursuing an interest in the sixteenth century, he was awarded a first-class Honours degree in English, focussing his dissertation on representations of Henry VIII's six wives. He then received a Masters in Renaissance studies, and a Ph.D. investigating Elizabethan slander. Steven is fascinated by the glamour and ghastliness of life in the 1500s, and has a penchant for myths, mysteries and murders in an age in which the law was as slippery as those who defied it.



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Paperback Editions

September 2018 : Paperback
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Title: Blood Feud: Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Moray
Author(s): Steven Veerapen
ISBN: 1-72409-217-0 / 978-1-72409-217-5
Publisher: Independently published
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Kindle Editions

September 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Blood Feud: Mary Queen of Scots and the Earl of Moray
Author(s): Steven Veerapen
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU