BITTERSWEET WITHIN MY HEART

THE LOVE POEMS OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

 

Of all the books I have read about Mary, including Antonia Fraser, I felt closer to the 'woman' as against the historical figure by reading her own poems.

Bittersweet is a fascinating book that gives great insight into the mind of Mary at different times in her life and shows how SHE saw the main figures in her life such as The Dauphin, Bothwell and Elizabeth.

She followed the poetry of her mentor Pierre De Ronsard who remained a friend all of her life. She writes in French, English, Italian and Latin and, as the book says 'combines deceptively simple language and honest self examination with deft puns and subtle wordgames'.

An example of one of her sonnets, reproduced below, is one of twelve that she wrote to Bothwell between April and June 1567.

Bittersweet is a beautifully produced book with excellent illustrations using paintings of the period and there are 30 copies on abebooks.com if anyone is interested.

 

 

 

As mary wrote the sonnet

 

Bell's translation

 

A note of explanation about this sonnet

 

 

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