Meanwhile, this weekend’s Mary Queen Of Scots Festival in Kinross (September 2-3) is dedicated wholly to Mary, with jousting, music and dance.

No doubt there will be an outburst of popular publishing to accompany the forthcoming Hollywood blockbuster, which is due for release next year, but first off the literary blocks is the republication of Wormald’s incisive study that brought her extensive work in Scottish history to bear upon a new understanding of Mary Queen of Scots as monarch.


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