A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley

A Question of Guilt A Novel of Mary Queen of Scots and the Death of Henry Darnley A rich compelling novel that asks the question Was Mary Stuart guilty of murder It is three days after the execution of Mary Stuart and the streets of London are buzzing with the news But not everyon

  • Title: A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley
  • Author: Julianne Lee
  • ISBN: 9780425223512
  • Page: 368
  • Format: Paperback
  • A rich, compelling novel that asks the question Was Mary Stuart guilty of murder It is three days after the execution of Mary Stuart and the streets of London are buzzing with the news But not everyone is convinced that the scandalized Queen of Scots was guilty of plotting against her cousin, Elizabeth I, or that she was involved in the murder of her husband, Henry DarnlA rich, compelling novel that asks the question Was Mary Stuart guilty of murder It is three days after the execution of Mary Stuart and the streets of London are buzzing with the news But not everyone is convinced that the scandalized Queen of Scots was guilty of plotting against her cousin, Elizabeth I, or that she was involved in the murder of her husband, Henry Darnley Scottish born Lady Janet de Ros, wife of a wealthy English merchant, thinks the ravishingly beautiful Mary was merely an innocent bystander, betrayed by the machinations of a disloyal court Determined to uncover the truth, Janet travels from Fotheringhay Castle to Edinburgh, to pursue an investigation that, she will come to realize, could endanger her life, and bring disgrace to her very own family.

    One thought on “A Question of Guilt: A Novel of Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Death of Henry Darnley”

    1. DNFThe scenario used by the author as a framing device for the story she wanted to tell seemed so highly implausible to me that I couldn't suspend my disbelief (or my eye rolling) long enough to get into the story. It was an epic fail in capturing this readers interest.

    2. It took me about 20 pages to really get into this one, because I didn't particularly care for Janet at first. She was annoying and nosy, but that's how the story gets told: by Janet sticking her nose where it doesn't belong. After I got used to her character, I really started to like the book. It's historical; it's mystery; it's real. Janet is a very realistic woman. Her queen, as a Scottish woman, has died, and she doesn't truly believe it was for the reason everyone else is talking about. So s [...]

    3. Ah, back to a period that I enjoy most - 1500's or there about. A Question of Guilt is about the rein of Mary, Queen of Scots, a striking beauty, who ruled a country many men thought better ruled by a man. Unfortunately, Mary needed to marry in order to be taken more seriously and to ward off unwanted attention by men hoping to gain her hand in marriage lest start rumors that would compromise her virtue.After the murder of Mary's second husband, Henry Darnley, and a quick marriage to James Hepbu [...]

    4. What I liked about this book was that it transported me back to Edinburgh-and I was able to remember places and images of streets, that I hold near and dear to my heart.The story of Mary Queen of Scots and her demise is one that I had heard before, but not at this level and certainly not about the death of her husband, Darnley. The mixture of fact and fiction was very engaging. And it does leave the reader with questions about this poor woman's fate.Another unexpected treat was how well Lee comb [...]

    5. I absolutely loved it. I felt like I was involved in all the gossip that had to have been going on during this time. The author was also really close to actual history.I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys history or anything British.

    6. This book was very interesting. I liked how it built on the various views of how events occured but the different people that janet (the main character) encountered. I thought it was very well done and will be looking for more books by this author to try out in the future.

    7. Definitely a historical novel not to miss. Mary Stuart, cousin of Elizabeth I, wife of several heartless and childish men, beautiful and tall, and Queen of Scotland, was a naive and gracious queen. The last years of her life ended for a questionable reason. The story retells Queen Mary’s turbulence in the1560’s.Her sincerity and kindness to all, even the traitorous, held her in a constant position to be attacked by her enemies. She loved the men she married and some were her enemy.Too bad th [...]

    8. Inquisitive Janet De Ros finds herself drawn to the tale of ill-fated Scottish Queen Mary. Although Mary has recently been beheaded for treason against Elizabeth I, most people blame her for her supposed part in the murder of her drunken bully husband, Lord Darnley. But is this really the case? Janet, a compelling heroine in her own right, decides to find out the truth for herself. The novel’s main strength, its examination of women’s proper place in the male-dominated society of medieval Br [...]

    9. This book begins a few days after the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots. A Scottish woman, Janet, married to an English man has questions about the guilt of Mary, and begins asking questions to learn more. This book takes the reader back and forth as told from stories Janet gets from other people who were around Mary during the time of her husband, Henry Darnley's, death. Unfortunately, this book could not hold my interest. The back and forth could be confusing. The main character, Janet, was an [...]

    10. Multiple narrators, flashback / progressive storyline in a time of history clouded by treason. It was hard to determine who was good and who was evil. Was Mary, Queen of Scott guilty of killing her second husband? Was she guilty of treason? or was she treated so harshly because she was only a women? In intriguing story which -which would have been better told from the perspective of one narrator.

    11. I can't tell you what about this book bugged me, but something rubbed me the wrong way and I couldn't continue. You'd think it'd be right up my alley, in the vein of The Other Boleyn Girl and the like, but I wasn't a fan of the writing, the characters, any of it. I told myself I'd give it to the end of the day, but when I found myself skipping paragraphs, I decided it was time to move on to something else.

    12. Average overview of the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and opinion about whether she was involved in the murder of her second husband. Cleverly done from the historical fiction viewpoint by using the device of different characters each presenting their piece of the puzzle.I'm a rabid history and Tudor family history fan, but know next to nothing about the details of this Tudor cousin's life. It was a good, basic place to start.

    13. While it was interesting to hear the accounts of all of Mary's servants and maids, I could not make myself interested in the main character, Janet de Ros. I was trying to figure out why she would risk herself for a mystery the rest of the country seemed satisfied with. She wasn't even related to anyone involved. Her extreme interest just seemed rather implausible.

    14. Very intriguing book about the life of Mary Queen of Scot and if she was guilty of murdering her husband Henry Darnley or not. It leaves it up to your imagination. Also very good story about a woman who is asking questions after the Queens execution that she really shouldn't be and how it affects her family.

    15. This book was an interesting take on an true historical mystery. Julianne Lee uses many characters to describe the events that began when Mary Stewart married Henry Darnley and ended with her execution at Fotheringhay. There isn't much new to the story, but the style in which it is written, made this a welcome addition to my shelves of historical fiction.

    16. Trying to answer the question if Mary Stuart was aware of the plot to murder her husband Lord Darnely. Told from many different view points from those who claimed to be with her throughout her twenty years of imprisonment. I enjoyed the story, but I tend to love most things dealing with European royalty.

    17. A very complicated story that was made even more confusing by the many narrators, although I did enjoy the challenge of having the story told by many people, I just wish Janet (the main narrator, a fiesty and inquisivitive Scottish woman!) could have, in a way, put it together. Also, I felt Queen Mary was too absent from the book.

    18. Not my favorite historical fiction novel. It took me quite a while to even get interested in the plot. For the full review: erraticprojectjunkie.

    19. So uninteresting I didn't even finish it. I got to the point where I just didn't care if she did it or not. How bad is that? The book just didn't hold my interest!

    20. This was a fun take on the Mary Queen of Scots story, as told by a lady who witnesses the events as they unfold.

    21. The beginning of the book was kind of drab. When it came the actual story of Mary herself, it developed into a very interesting plot.

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