Mary Stewart, British Writer Who Spanned Genres, Dies at 97
Mary Stewart, the British author of romantic thrillers who jumped genres in her 50s to create the internationally best-selling trilogy of Merlin books, reimagining the Arthurian legend from a sorcerer’s point of view, died on May 9 at her home in the village of Loch Awe, on the west coast of Scotland. She was 97.
The aunt of Mary, Queen of Scots, she was known in France as "the beautiful princess from Scotland," my ancestor, Lady Janet Stewart, was the illegitimate daughter of James IV Stewart, King of Scotland, and his 2nd cousin, Lady Isabel Agnes Stewart. Before her marriage to 3rd Baron of Fleming, she had an affair with King Henry II, of France, and a son by him. "The Affair of Janet Stewart, the Lady Fleming with Henry II of France"
In 1989, the movie Weekend at Bernie’s, starring Andrew McCarthy, Catherine Mary Stewart, Jonathan Silverman and Terry Kiser, also filmed in Southport, NC. Most of the scenes filmed for Weekend at Bernie’s were filmed at the Bald Head Island ferry landing and at different locations on the Cape Fear River.
I really enjoyed this book. I've read it a couple of times now. I like the presentation of Elizabeth and Mary's lives. Definitely a good read for those of you undecided who you prefer. This confirmed my view that Elizabeth dealt with the Crazy Mary situation as well as she could. No, not Crazy Mary. Unwise Mary. Rash Mary.