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Fall 1998


Published in Renaissance Quarterly, Vol. 51, No. 3 (Autumn, 1998), pp. 1015-1016 Copyright © 1998 Renaissance Society of America; published by The University of Chicago Press. Used by permission.


Maurice Lee has had a distinguished career as a historian of early modern Scotland and England, particularly focusing on the career of James VI and I. His most recent book, The Heiresses of Buccleuch, is rather a departure for him in a number of ways. It is set in the later seventeenth century, and for the most part focuses on interesting but much more minor characters of court politics. Francis Scott, 2nd Earl of Buccleuch, died young after entailing his estate on his two surviving daughters, Mary and Anna. Lee describes their marriages and their ultimate destinies. ... Lee's study is interesting and gives us some fascinating insights into Monmouth and some of the people who surrounded him and his wife. ... One wishes Lee had provided at least some scholarly citations; it would have made an interesting study far more useful.

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