Embroidering Her Truth

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At her execution Mary, Queen of Scots wore red. Widely known as the colour of strength and passion, it was in fact worn by Mary as the Catholic symbol of martyrdom. In sixteenth-century Europe women's voices were suppressed and silenced. Even for a queen like Mary, her prime duty was to bear sons. In an age when textiles expressed power, Mary exploited them to emphasise her female agency. In this eloquent cultural biography, Clare Hunter exquisitely blends history, politics, and memoir to tell the story of a queen in her own voice.