In one case Cecil crossed out ''after'' and wrote ''afore,'' which transformed a harmless letter into an incriminating document. At her trial, Mary said to him, ''Ah, I see you are my adversary. There was little tenderness in Mary's life. Her most constant friends were her waiting-women, the ''four Maries,'' who at times added an operatic touch to her court. Her chief adviser was passionately in love with one Mary, while Cecil's ambassador was sleeping with another.
The occasion when a love-struck French poet, armed with sword and dagger, was found under the queen's own bed was more terrifying than amusing, and provided John Knox with welcome material. Mary's desire for closeness with Elizabeth, whom she called her ''dear and natural sister,'' is touching. Twice they came within days of agreement.
An offer of settlement was on its way south when Darnley was murdered and all hope of reconciliation vanished forever. Guy's scholarly biography, as enthralling as a detective story, provides a wider vision of Tudor history and shows with stunning clarity how the historical narrative was shaped. It shifts the focus from the murderous nobles to the web of deceit woven by Cecil and Walsingham, a web that not only trapped this ''ill-fated queen'' but also formed the basis for all future accounts. She said her heart was her own; but her story has never been. Please upgrade your browser. See next articles.
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Everything has to happen at exactly the right time to make the plot work, otherwise impossible things tend to start piling up. I stuck rigidly to that plan throughout. To answer your question, anything that was lost I was happy to see the back of because it was like walking into a forest of thorns.
A few of the secondary characters are definitely familiar to me, though. The cook, Mrs. Drudge, is basically my nan, and one of the maids has a lot of my mum and sister in her. They wore long black cloaks and these beaked masks stuffed with cloves intended to protect them from contracting the plague themselves.
Can you imagine? These doctors wanted to help, yet they turned up in the scariest costumes you can ever imagine. Between feedings, nappies, crying, playtime and doctor visits, I fully expect to finish that by I loved everything Roald Dahl wrote when I was a kid. My favorite was probably the first one I read, which was Danny, the Champion of the World. My parents were remarkably lax about books.
They also had a rule that I could stay up as late as I wanted, so long as I was reading. As a result, I got through a lot of books! Every author has left a mark on me, so picking five who generally inspired my writing is tough. They were like reference texts.
It was like having a brain trust in my study. Faked reading books? Do people do that?