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The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain

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The Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain  Allan Massie, book reviewThe Royal Stuarts: A History of the Family That Shaped Britain by Allan Massie chronicles the Stuart (or Stewart) monarchs who ruled in Scotland for 300 years, and a further century in the United Kingdom following the Union of the Crowns. The most famous of these monarchs and their descendants are Mary, Queen of Scots, James VI & I, and Bonnie Prince Charlie, but The Royal Stuarts takes us right back to the beginning, tracing their origins from the salt marshes of Brittany to their rise in the nobility of Scotland, leading to their ascendancy to the throne. The daughter of Robert the Bruce, Marjorie Bruce married Walter, High Steward of Scotland. Their son became the first Stewart monarch, King Robert II in 1371.


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