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The Phoenix Queen by suburbanbeatnik The Phoenix Queen by suburbanbeatnik
This is a promotional illustration for an illustrated children's bio about Mary Queen of Scots, tentatively titled "The Phoenix Queen," as the phoenix, rising from the ashes, was Mary's emblem. This project is currently on hiatus, due to health problems the author is having. But I still have hopes that this will someday see the light of day- Mary needs me as a champion!

Mary is at the top, with Bothwell, her third husband, being the duellist in the green doublet, with Darnley- her second husband- being the fop in rose. At the bottom are her enemies Queen Elizabeth and William Cecil, Elizabeth's chief advisor. I did this several years ago, but this is still one of my favorite pieces- since I tried to capture the same epic feeling found in Sanjulian's paintings. [link]

Other studies for Mary can be found here- [link] or here. [link]
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, it's good to hear someone else say that! I just finished wading through the IMDB message boards for the new "Mary Queen of Scots" movie, and the amount of crap people are regurgitating from whatever Jean Plaidy books they'd read made me a little ill. (You know, Mary was spoiled, weak-minded, headstrong, she only listened to her heart, etc etc...) If you haven't read John Guy's "My Heart is My Own: the true life of Mary Queen of Scots," then I highly recommend it, because it finally lays to rest all those tired old romance novel cliches. Basically, he portrays Mary as a charismatic, politically savvy individual who nevertheless got in way over her head in the chaotic world of 16th century Scotland- which unfortunately was more or less a vassal kingdom to its more powerful neighbour to the south. I don't want to call her a "victim," because that sounds too passive, and she was anything but. It was as if, when our girl went up to bat, two were out in the fourth innings and the bases were empty...
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007
Nice! I will totally check into that book! I think the huge problem that Mary faced as far as her historical presentation goes is that she was an catholic queen in a turbulent protestant england and winners always write the history, and being catholic myself, we get alot of crap about bad rulers and popes etc. I really hate it when people attack mary's decisions saying she was not even as close to her "Virgin Queen" sister elizabeth and I just have to laugh. Elizabeth really just got really lucky lol. So I'm more of a Mary fan for that, because she held her head high while dealing with huge problems all around her, even though it didn't last.
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm a Catholic too, so I can totally relate! There were people on that IMDB message board who were mixing up Mary Stuart with Mary Tudor, and claiming she persecuted Protestants, and made life hard for John Knox, which is absolute crap. Mary was an exceptionally tolerant person in an intolerant age- to paraphrase Alison Weir- and if anything, her willingness to live and let live angered people on both sides of the religious divide.

Another thing I can't stand is how people facilely say, "well, if Liz could govern England, why couldn't Mary govern Scotland?" Like, comparing the whole Amy Robsart situation to the murder of Darnley. Jean Plaidy does this in this bio she wrote, I believe. That's enough to make me smack my head... because, as you know, Scotland isn't England! Scotland was (and perhaps still is, depending who you ask) a really screwed up place! (My Scottish friends concur.) Those Scottish lords, like Moray, remind me of those mad neds from Glasgow who'll get violent and threaten you with a broken bottle at the drop of a hat. If anything, I'm amazed Mary lasted as long as she did. Neds are too be feared, and a whole army of them... *shudders* [link]
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2007
hahaha Okay, I had to laught at the scottish part because I recently saw a Simpsons episode where Groundskeeper Willy says "Brothers and Sisters are natural enemies, like the Englishmen and Scots, and Welshmen and Scots, and the Japanese and Scots, and Scots and other Scots. Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!" I just had to laugh! So I totally agree with all that you said, I've read Alison Weir's books on Darnley's murder, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Isabella of France. She is one of my favorite nonfiction historical writers. She really paints an accurate portrait of the people she writes about!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
That's like, one of the best quotes about Scotland EVER. A friend from Glasgow brought it to my attention a few years ago, and I was LMAO. I haven't read the book on Darnley's murder, but that's definitely on my to-read list.

So, I'm thinking of doing more Mary paintings. What would you like to see? Mary/Bothwell (phoarr), Mary/Darnley, or Mary with Elizabeth- in one of those fictitious meetings beloved by authors and playwrights?
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novemberstar88 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2007
Definitely Mary/Darnley, I try to avoid Elizabeth if possible lol!
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Art-Yooyoo Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
Woooww.. Beautiful !! I love the colours and the details .. :+fav:
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HabitualFlippancy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Gorgeous.
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh my God! Mary looks so good, as does Elizabeth! I'm guessing the man in red is Darnley, and the guy in green is Bothwell. But who is the man in the lower right corner? is it Walsingham, or Burghley? And who is the man in blue? A mystery....
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
It's Cecil, Lord Burghley, didn't you read the note? ;P
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KingAndrewI Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Student Artisan Crafter
Oh? Sorry!
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suburbanbeatnik Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Np! ^_^
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KeeganYoung Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
Beautiful as always!!!! Ooo, come see my latest pic: [link] I'd like to see what you think!!!!
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