The Wild Queen

The Days and Nights of Mary, Queen of Scots

About the Author

  • she is an award winning author.
  • was the only child.
  • she enjoyed to reading.
  • Carolyn wrote her first novel at the age of 8.
  • Her first book she published was a sewing book.
  • She has published several books since then.

About the Book

  • This book is a fictional book about Mary the Queen of Scotts.
  • The story is told in Mary's point of View.
  • Mary is a naive and headstrong character.
  • This book is enjoyed by many people.
  • The Setting begins in the year 1520.


"I was the cause of my fathers death. My father, King James V of Scotland, drew his last downhearted breath and dies when i was just six days old."

  • This quote foreshadows how Mary will now have to rise up and be queen at such a young age.

"On the nineteenth of June, 1566, I bore a son and duly named him James."

  • This quote is important because the birth of a son means there is a new prince in line for the throne, he could be a good chance of making the kingdom good.

" We rode hard through the soft spring evening, heading directly south from the loch. I was jubilant. My strength had returned, as had my confidence."

  • This is showing how they had a hard ride but they are headed toward freedom, and that things are getting better now that the queen has her confidence back.

Historical References

  • One of the historical references is of coarse the Queen of Scots and her journey.
  • This book is surprisingly accurate with the important events of Mary's time.
  • another reference is about James V he was a important character in this book.

The Main Conflict

Mary Stuart was just five years old when she was sent to France to be raised alongside her future husband. But when the frail young king dies, eighteen-year-old Mary is stripped of her title as Queen of France and set adrift in the harsh world, alone. Determined to reign over what is rightfully hers, Mary returns to Scotland. Hoping that a husband will help her secure the coveted English throne, she marries again, but the love and security she longs for elude her. Instead, the fiery young queen finds herself embroiled in a murder scandal that could cost her the crown. And her attempts to bargain with her formidable “sister queen,” Elizabeth I of England, could cost her her very life.

Review and details!!

The Wild Queen is Carolyn Meyer’s latest entry in her Young Royals series, and it’s truly a uniquely fictionalized account of the life of Mary Queen of Scots. Opening on the five-year-old queen’s move to the French court to learn to become consort to the dauphin, we follow Mary through her formative years as she loses most of her Scots heritage amid the intrigues of her French relatives. As told from Mary’s point of view, it is easy to see how she was used as a pawn from her earliest days; naive and yet headstrong, Mary grew up trusting the wrong people and untaught how to lead. It was a recipe for disaster, one that led the queen to her ultimate fate.

Meyer does a credible job getting inside Mary’s head, trying to explain her sometimes inexplicable actions and showing her determination to do as she pleased without good judgment. The novel is long on the time spent in France, flies through Mary’s years as the recognized Queen of Scots and hardly touches the time after she is deposed. Still, it is very engaging and shows a human side to the tragic Young Royal.