Marsh Biography Award

2005 - John Guy for "My Heart is My Own"

John Guy won the 2005 Marsh Biography Award for 'My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots' Published by Fourth Estate (UK) and Houghton Mifflin (USA) in 2004

My Heart is My Own is a compelling work of historical scholarship that offers radical new interpretations of an ancient story.

The life of Mary Stuart is one of unparalleled drama and conflict. From the labyrinthine plots laid by the Scottish lords to wrest power for themselves, to the efforts made by Elizabeth's ministers to invalidate Mary's legitimate claim to the English throne, John Guy returns to the archives to explore the myths and correct the inaccuracies that surround this most fascinating monarch.

He also explains a central mystery: why Mary would have consented to marry only three months after the death of her second husband, Lord Darnley the man who was said to be his killer, the Earl of Bothwell. And, more astonishingly, he solves, through careful re-examination of the Casket Letters, the secret behind Darnley's spectacular assassination at Kirk o'Field.

“...a triumph of biography, artistry and historical detective work...A masterpiece, full of fire and tragedy.”
Amanda Foreman


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