The annual Magnusson Lecture celebrates the life and interests of the broadcaster, academic and polymath Magnus Magnusson. In this year’s lecture, historian and novelist Rosemary Goring takes a fresh look at the life of Scotand’s most famous monarch and how it has been interpreted through the ages. Has Mary Queen of Scots been good for Scottish women, or have her mistakes been used posthumously to support the idea that women are not capable of holding positions of power? This year’s lecture is introduced by Magnus Magnusson’s daughter, the broadcaster and novelist Sally Magnusson.
About the speaker: Rosemary Goring was born in Dunbar and studied at the University of St Andrews. She worked at W&R Chambers as a reference editor before becoming literary editor of Scotland on Sunday. She was also the literary editor for the Herald and Sunday Herald, and is the author of two historical novels, After Flodden and Dacre’s War. She is the editor of Scotland: Her Story and Scotland: An Autobiography.
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