Needlework of Mary Queen of Scots
|INSIDE:||12 colour photographs 90 black & white photographs and illustrations|
Although a large body of needlework has always been attributed to Mary Queen of Scots, little attempt was made to authenticate these pieces or to explain how so energetic and impetuous a woman could have found pleasure in the meticulous craft of embroidery.
This is the first comprehensive study of the Queen as a needlewoman describing all the works associated with her. For the first time every piece marked by her cipher or monogram is illustrated in full. A biographical outline provides the framework for understanding her work by setting it in the context of her unsettled and stormy life. It recounts the influence of her formative years in France and her absorption in needlework during the years of imprisonment. Many of the embroideries can be seen in British country houses and in Scottish collections.
" Maragaret Swain combined her great knowledge of the embroidery of the period with a fast-moving, historical novelette and the fact that the colour pages are few doesn't seem to matter at all. I'm so pleased that Crowood Press brought back this delightful book. "
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