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Mary Stuart - Celebrated Crimes: Book 4

Alexandre Dumas

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the fourth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Mary Stuary, Queen of Scots--a story both strikingly touching and almost morbidly violent. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, though very sympathetic to Mary, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against her--mostly by her enemies--to circumspect yet full use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there can be no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of Darnley's actions and feelings at Kirk of Field as his enemies prepared to blow the house sky-high with him in it, despite the fact that Darnley was alone at the time and died in the explosion. As the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for" Dumas' love of sensationalism. We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of love, hatred, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all the fragility of royalty--a form of greatness that can disappear like a bubble. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created both a potent historical influence and an unfailing fountain of romance. Enjoy!

To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the fourth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Mary Stuary, Queen of Scots--a story both strikingly touching and almost morbidly violent. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, though very sympathetic to Mary, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against her--mostly by her enemies--to circumspect yet full use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there can be no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of Darnley's actions and feelings at Kirk of Field as his enemies prepared to blow the house sky-high with him in it, despite the fact that Darnley was alone at the time and died in the explosion. As the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for" Dumas' love of sensationalism. We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of love, hatred, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all the fragility of royalty--a form of greatness that can disappear like a bubble. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created both a potent historical influence and an unfailing fountain of romance. Enjoy!
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To paraphrase the note from the translator, The Celebrated Crimes of Alexandre Dumas père was not written for children. The novelist has spared no language—has minced no words—to describe violent scenes of violent times. In this, the fourth of the series, Dumas tells the story of Mary Stuary, Queen of Scots--a story both strikingly touching and almost morbidly violent. Never one to allow a mere fact to stand in the way of a good story, though very sympathetic to Mary, Dumas puts all the most sensational accusations made against her--mostly by her enemies--to circumspect yet full use, which certainly distorts history, but makes for a great tale. Also, he often takes the novelist's approach, giving us details of scenes for which there can be no historical record--we are given, for example, a wonderful description of Darnley's actions and feelings at Kirk of Field as his enemies prepared to blow the house sky-high with him in it, despite the fact that Darnley was alone at the time and died in the explosion. As the translator notes, "The careful, mature reader, for whom the books are intended, will recognize, and allow for" Dumas' love of sensationalism. We're reading Dumas here, not Tuchman or Toynbee. Dumas gives us a sweeping tale of love, hatred, betrayal, connivance, conquest both military and sexual, and above all the fragility of royalty--a form of greatness that can disappear like a bubble. It is a tale of events and personalities that shook Europe and created both a potent historical influence and an unfailing fountain of romance. Enjoy!

Language:

English

Narrators:

Robert Bethune

Length:

7h 24m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:35


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:05


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:02


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:07


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:50


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:05


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

02:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:36


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:03


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:02


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:00


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:58


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:26


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:02


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:02


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:25


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:46


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:01


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:34


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:07


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:57


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:57


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:15


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:53


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:00


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:10


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:15


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:41


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:06


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:05


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:51


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:07


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:11


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:01


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:02


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:57


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

05:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:10


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:34


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:05


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:57


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:02


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:01


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:06


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:11


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:46


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:45


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

06:27


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:54


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:05


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:57


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:12


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:12


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:34


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:06


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:08


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

05:03


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:02


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:19


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:02


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:01


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:05


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

05:17


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:40


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:40


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:17


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:32


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:33


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:00