The Wild Queen
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; naïve 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.