Books: Queen & Straws

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTLAND AND THE ISLES—Stefan Zweig—Viking ($3.50). Unlike most figures of her time, Mary Stuart has become a historical mystery, not because of a lack of information about her, but because of a superabundance of contradictory evidence. Centre of controversy all her life, subject of inquiries and investigations, her reputation was darkened and defended by contemporary partisans who did not hesitate to employ torture and forgery to establish her guilt or innocence. To the confusions bred by religious antagonisms, Scottish and English national rivalries added more contradictions, until the personality of...

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