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Review of Mary Queen of Scots by David Templeman

mary_coverDavid’s book is surely the last word on Mary in Sheffield. It is of particular interest to a “Sheffielder” and no doubt elsewhere. Its title refers to a former Sheffield public house and fifteen of its twenty one chapters refer to Sheffield.

It will be of great interest to Sheffield Castle ‘fans’ (for want of a better word) because it quantifies the extent and periods where she was held in the Castle as well as the Manor Lodge. It puts flesh on Earl George and Bess and provides insights and anecdotes about the long and eventually stifling captivity of this ultimately tragic Queen.

Well illustrated, it has taken almost as long to research and write as Mary’s sojourn in Sheffield. Available from Sheffield Scene and David himself (templeman4@tiscali.co.uk)

Ron Clayton



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