Political schemes, religious partisanship and unbridled love shake the Royal Court of Scotland at the end of the Stuart dynasty.
Witness to sordid murders, spy for Her Majesty among the Protestants of the infamous preacher John Knox, forced to give up her one true love, thrown out onto the streets then ruthlessly attacked by a drunkard, Charlotte Gray will do everything in her power to remain the sovereign’s lady-in-waiting.
As for the Queen of Scots, she faces turmoil of a completely different kind: prisoner in a castle under the command of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England, Mary Stuart learns that she is the victim of a vast conspiracy and that her English counterpart has ordered her imminent execution.
Despite their hardships, Mary and Charlotte will keep their dignity throughout the storm. The two women will finally find serenity, one in the arms of a man and the other in the arms of God.
Interwoven with historical facts of the era, the thrilling The Captive Queen saga is worthy of the greatest royal intrigues that still fascinate us several centuries later.
Reviews (The Captive Queen: A Novel of Mary Stuart)
“An accomplished debut from an author with a bright future, The Captive Queen is a mesmerising tale of Elizabethan England which is sure to find favour amongst fans of historical fiction. It is recommended without reservation.” – BookViral
“Saunders expertly merges that plot-line into the forward momentum of Mary’s larger story, culminating in her long captivity in England and the many plots that grew up around her as Queen Elizabeth’s prisoner.” – Historical Novel Society
“Much has been written about Mary, Queen of Scots but The Captive Queen takes a different perspective on history. Saunders’ introduction of the alluring Charlotte Gray gives an additional air of mystery to the novel and it makes the reader speculate when she will appear and disappear in the plot. I particularly liked the way Saunders portrayed the sturdiness of Mary. He made her very human while also elevating her to the status of her rightful place in history. Even those who have read much about this era in history will appreciate the author’s efforts at emotionally restoring Mary to her birthright on the throne of Scotland.” – Readers’ Favorite