Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Josie Rourke’s 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots.
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Was Mary Stuart a passionate and jealous failed queen, or a brave and complex woman? Opposing representations in a new film and play reflect modern anxieties about women’s agency and leadership.
The politics may have changed over the years, but the literary obsessions of ‘northern Britain’ seem hard to shake.
Behind the mask.
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An old Scottish master has revealed its secret after 430 years. What next from art detectives?
Mary’s poems give a unique insight into how the queen experienced her bloody, passionate and tragic life.
Think Mary, Queen of Scots and a few key facts probably come to mind: she was Catholic, she was imprisoned and she had her head chopped off. But a poet who offers insight into 16th-century women’s writing…