By (author) Catherine Hermany-Vieille
Told from his final days in a Danish dungeon, James Bothwell’s tragic story, centring on his intense relationship with Mary Queen of Scots, unfolds. Set against the backdrop of French and Scottish history, in a climate of revenge, ruthless killings and religious strife, James finds himself divided between his loyalties and his conscience. The life of this fierce warrior and passionate lover is followed from his troubled childhood to the events of his final betrayal. Yet it is his meeting with the beautiful Mary Stuart that would ultimately secure his fate. Whilst Scotland, England and France grapple for power, tragic consequences await the lovers, with repercussions that would alter their country forever.
Reviews of Lord James
The story is intelligently novelised, the reconstruction of high quality and the style flawless. Catherine Hermary-Vieille knows how to give her narrative an epic and human dimension befitting the circumstances. LE BULLETIN DES LETTRES
CATHERINE HERMARY-VIEILLE was born in Paris and studied oriental languages at university. As an author she has won le Prix Femina in 1981 for Le Grand Vizir de la nuit, the Prix des Maisons de la Presse for Un amour fou and the Grand Prix RTL for L’infidele. She currently alternates between writing biographies and novels, and now lives in the United States whilst still making regular appearances on French TV and delivering lectures at universities. She was awarded the title of Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur, and also the rank of Officier des Arts et des Lettres. In addition, she also won the Academie francaise’s Prix Georges Dupau for the entirety of her work.