Once reviled, Mary Queen of Scots is being viewed in a new light by Scottish
"It's time for Scotland to rediscover a great queen, charismatic,
successful, a modern woman who secured the succession and was viewed with
favour by England," says Professor John Guy, of St Andrews University, who has
penned a new book about the reviled monarch. Professor Guy believes that much
of Mary's bad press was at the instigation of William Cecil, counciler to Queen
"Cecil re-wrote history, falsifying documents, to present
us with an enemy's version of Mary. His plot lasted years and took advantage of
the disgruntled Scottish noble, James Douglas, the Earl of Morton."
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