Mary, Queen of Scots: The Captive Queen in England 1568-87

The eagerly awaited biography by David Templeman on the English captivity of Mary, Queen of Scots was published to critical acclaim in Autumn 2016. After years of painstaking research by David at Sheffield and Chatsworth Archives, this will update and create a detailed account of Mary’s years in confinement in England culminating in the tragedy at Fotheringhay. Find out exactly what did happen to Mary in captivity and the answers to the three relevant questions arising which are why, where, and when.

Now received national recognition from AQA GCSE History for the years 2021-23. This will mean more than 50,000 students will study Sheffield Manor Lodge and Mary, Queen of Scots captivity.

As the author, I am really proud that my book has achieved this elevated status. David Templeman”

The missing link in the story of Mary, Queen Of Scots

Background & research into the book

Despite the many biographies on Mary, Queen of Scots, there has not been a full and detailed up to date, biographical account and a full honest appraisal of Mary’s nineteen years in English captivity UNTIL NOW. After 12 years of painstaking research, most of it primary sourced, here is the book to address the aforementioned and deal with the fundamental issues not covered in previous works on the captivity.

English captivity subject matter

Mary, Queen of Scots, is one of the most romantic and tragic figures in British history. Hundreds of books have been written about her, but Mary’s nineteen years in captivity are seriously neglected by her biographers, to some, it seems a complete mystery. Yet her captive years contained intrigue, passion, escape attempts, plots to put her on the throne of England and ultimately, tragedy.

Places of confinement

It is a story that needs telling in all its most intricate detail so that the reader can form his own opinion as to whether Mary was rightfully detained in England by her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. It is a complex story with many twists and turns as we follow Mary through Cumbria, North and South Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, North Nottinghamshire and finally to her execution in Northamptonshire. Seven bases comprising- Carlisle Castle, Bolton Castle (Wensleydale), Tutbury Castle, Chatsworth House, Sheffield Castle, Sheffield Manor Lodge, and Worksop Manor. Buxton New Hall -now the Old Hall- was an important stopping off place in the summer.

Elizabeth v Mary

This book looks into the mindsets of these two strong women and ascertains how they were manipulated to a large extent by the men around them, especially Elizabeth. Mary put her trust in Elizabeth and it proved to be misguided. In seeking help from her cousin queen to regain the throne of Scotland, Elizabeth, instead, put under her own control, lasting just under nineteen years. The two queens never met.

Final Summary

Mary’s captive years lasted over a third of her life and this book puts the detail back into its rightful place as an important part in her overall life story. Find out exactly what did happen to Mary in her English captivity and the answers to the three main relevant questions:  WHY, WHEN AND WHERE

All the proceeds of the book will be given to the “The Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge” which is a recognised charity.


Mary, Queen of Scots: The Captive Queen in England 1568-87



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Customer Reviews

“I’m very impressed with the content & the book will make a significant contribution to Sheffield’s history as well as nationally. You should be rightly proud of it”

Peter Machan, respected Sheffield author and speaker

“Brilliant, absorbing, enlightening, intricate detail, simply captivating” are some of the individual comments by readers.

“It is a magnificent, wonderful fact filled book that cannot fail to please even the most jaded reader’s palate. Each chapter has its own mini story of intrigue, plot and counter plot. In each of his chapters, we learn of the amazing interchange between people & events.

This book will become rightly recognised as the definitive version of Mary, Queen of Scots captivity in England.”

Robert Dunn, reviewer for the Marie Stuart Society in Scotland

Just finished reading David’s “Mary, Queen of Scot’s” -brilliant, I’m not an avid reader but this book I just couldn’t put it down, everything dated from her arriving to her unfortunate end, all the intrigue, plots, devious goings on etc really interesting and it’s nice to know that some of the buildings still exist, will definitely be going to see the “Old Hall” at Buxton, I know David’s a good lecturer but he’s also a good writer too-really good

Dave Elliott Member of the Friends of Sheffield Manor Lodge