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Mollie Hunter introduces Mary to the reader as she enters the site of her imprisonment. She was beautiful by all standards, devoutly Catholic and determined to maintain her crown. The tale of Mary’s captivity, the treachery within the court, the divisive role that religion played in sixteenth 13 Hunter, Mollie, You Never Knew Her As I Did (New York: Harper & Row, 1981.
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Forum on Public Policy 7 century Scotland and the ongoing quest for freedom illuminates the complexity of the English/Scottish conflicts. The young queen is heroic and tenacious, and those who risk eve rything to free her fulfill Mollie Hunter’s definition of hero: ―…an ordinary person who can draw on the source of some emotion common to all mankind, yet still one which enables that person to transcend his or her ordinariness and to become, for a moment, an inspired and inspiring figure‖. 14 It was on God’s authority that Mary claimed the throne, and she refused to denounce her marriage or her faith. Mary Queen of Scots believed that she was persecuted because of righteousness, and went to her death believing that God would usher her into the kingdom of heaven. 15 The Beatitudes also explain the transformation of Will Douglas after his failed attempt to free the queen from imprisonment. Will was banished from his father’s house, and stripped of his arrogance. It was only when he saw himself as a servant that he was able to serve his queen and his Lord. 16 Sir William Douglas, the reluctant guardian of the incarcerated ruler, banished his bastard son, Will, for humiliating the family and placing them in political risk. Will returned home, feigning the prodigal’s red emption, and was embraced by his father. This charade is illuminating on several points: Will Douglas was indeed remorseful of his previous brashness because it had cost the queen her freedom; he returned to his father a new man, one no longer self-absorbed, but one determined to serve his queen and his God. Sir William Douglas is a paradox; he refused to officially acknowledge Will as his son, but welcomed him home and serves the ―fatted calf‖. Ms Hunter’s examination of the cultural mores, the religiou s dichotomies, and the characteristics of father figures also provide a focused lens on the parallels that exist between the author and her protagonists. The author interweaves the country’s history with the religious struggles that have formed so much of its identity. She provides a lens into the culture and into the writer. The rich tapestry that has shaped Scotland is always evident, but then too are the characters that face horrible adversity and through perseverance, faith, wit, and occasionally a bit of luck, prevail. The circumstances change, the genres shift, but the hero’s journey parallels the author’s quest for God, a father figure, an answer… The Pied Piper Syndrome Parker Palmer defines the spiritual as the diverse ways we answer the heart’s longing to be connected with the largeness of life a longin
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