The Magnusson Lecture: Rosemary Goring

The Afterlife of Mary Queen of Scots

Wigtown Parish Church
In person event
Thu 30 Sep
14:00 UK

The annual Magnusson Lecture celebrates the life and interests of the broadcaster, academic and polymath Magnus Magnusson. 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 is a revised and illustrated version of Rosemary’s 2020 lecture, which was cancelled on account of technical difficulties.

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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