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Book Title: María, Reina De Escocia|
The author of the book: Margaret George
Edition: Ediciones B
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Date of issue: 2002
ISBN 13: 9788440692665
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Esta novela, Margaret George, autora tambien de Memorias de Cleopatra, aborda desde una nueva perspectiva la figura de Maria Estuardo (1542-1587), reina de Escocia y protagonista de las intrigas politico-religiosa de la Europa del siglo XVI. Hija unica de Jacobo V de Escocia y de su esposa de origen frances, Maria de Guisa, Maria Estuardo alcanzo el trono siendo una nina. Contraviniendo la opinion de Enrique VIII, que abogaba por una formacion inglesa, Maria fue enviada a Francia, donde recibio educacion. De regreso en Escocia, no solo tuvo que soportar los recelos de sus compatriotas, sino tambien los de su prima Isabel I, que acababa de alcanzar el trono ingles. Como afrancesada y catolica, Maria Estuardo jamas obtuvo el beneplacito de una Escocia que se encontraba en plena reforma protestante. Este conflicto, unido a las divergencias entre los representantes de la nobleza, ya los problemas personales de la protagonista, que fue acusada de asesinar a su primer marido, provoco el tragico final de su vida.Margaret George aporta el contrapunto a la imagen distorsionada que ofrecieron tanto los correligionarios como los detractores de Maria Estuardo, profundizando en el aspecto humano de quien fuera calificada por la reina Isabel I de Inglaterra de hija de la discordia.
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Read information about the authorMargaret George is a rolling stone who has lived in many places, beginning her traveling at the age of four when her father joined the U.S. diplomatic service and was posted to a consulate in Taiwan. The family traveled on a freighter named after Ulysses' son Telemachus that took thirty days to reach Taiwan, where they spent two years. Following that they lived in Tel Aviv (right after the 1948 war, when it was relatively quiet), Bonn and Berlin (during the spy-and-Cold-War days) before returning--at the height of Elvis-mania--to Washington DC, where Margaret went to high school. Margaret's first piece of published writing, at the age of thirteen, was a letter to TIME Magazine defending Elvis against his detractors. (Margaret has since been to Graceland.)
But it was earlier in Israel that Margaret, an avid reader, began writing novels to amuse herself when she ran out of books to read. Interestingly, the subject of these was not what lay around her in the Middle East, but the American west, which she had never set foot in. (Now that she lives in the American Midwest she writes about the Middle East!) Clearly writing in her case followed Emily Dickinson's observation "There is no frigate like a book" and she used it to go to faraway places. Now she has added another dimension to that travel by specializing in visiting times remote from herself.
Neither of these horse sagas got published, but the ten-year-old author received an encouraging note from an editor at Grosset & Dunlap, telling her she had a budding talent but should work on her spelling.
It was also in Israel that Margaret started keeping land tortoises as pets, an interest which she still follows today. She had a great affinity for animals and nature and that led her to a double major at Tufts University in English literature and biology. Following that she received an MA in ecology from Stanford University--one of the earliest departments to offer such a concentration. Today she is active in environmental and animal conservation groups.
Combining her interests led her to a position as a science writer at the National Cancer Institute (National Institutes of Health) in Bethesda, Maryland for four years.
Her marriage at the end of that time meant moving, first to St. Louis, then to Uppsala, Sweden, and then to Madison, Wisconsin, where she and her husband Paul have lived for more than twenty years now. They have one grown daughter who lives in California and is in graduate school.
Through all this Margaret continued to write, albeit slowly and always on only one project at a time. She wrote what she refers to as her 'Ayn Rand/adventure novel' in college and her 'Sex and the City' novel in Washington DC. It was in St. Louis that she suddenly got the idea of writing a 'psycho-biography' of Henry VIII. She had never seen such a thing done but became convinced the king was a victim of bad PR and she should rescue his good name. Her background in science meant that only after thoroughly researching the literature and scholarship on Henry VIII would she embark on the novel itself. She sought the guidance of a Tudor historian at Washington University for a reading list, and proceeded from there.
It was actually fourteen years between her initial idea and the publication of The Autobiography of Henry VIII. The book made an impression for several reasons: first, because no one had ever written a novel sympathetic to the king before; second, because it covered his entire life from before birth until after his death, making it almost a thousand pages long, and third, because it was so fact-filled.
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