Scepter makes deal for biography of Hunter, Mary Queen of Scots
Scepter took an alternate biography of Mary, Queen of Scots from Son of life (Scepter) author Clare Hunter in a two book deal.
Juliet Brooke, Associate Editor, purchased the worldwide rights to Jenny Brown from Jenny Brown Associates. The first book of the case, Embroidering Her Truth: Mary, Queen of Scots and the Language of Power, will be published on March 17, 2022.
The synopsis explains: “In 16th century Europe, women’s voices were muffled and silenced. Even for a queen like Mary, her first duty was to have sons. At a time when textiles expressed power, Mary harnessed them to emphasize her feminine power. From lavishly embroidered dresses worn when she was the future wife of the French dolphin to the fashion dolls she used to encourage a Marian fashion style at the Scottish court and the subversive messages she embroidered in captivity for her followers, Mary a used textiles to move it forward. political agenda and faith, asserting his royal lineage and telling his own story. “
of the hunter Son of life was published with great success in 2019. It won the Saltire First Book Award, was a Sunday opening hours bestseller, a Waterstones Scottish Book of the Month and Radio 4 Book of the Week. She has been a banner designer, community textile artist and textile curator for over 20 years and founded the community business NeedleWorks in Glasgow.
She said: “Mary, Queen of Scots is relevant to us today, as the authority of women is still contested and many women’s voices remain inaudible. That this Scottish Queen continues to fascinate, almost 500 years after her death, is a testament to the fact that her story of potential and helplessness echoes that of many others down through the centuries. And it was through her textiles that Mary wielded her power, using her captive embroidery to ensure her story would be heard.
Brooke said: “In Son of life, Clare gave an exquisite voice to the voiceless and showed how people have used sewing and embroidery as a language throughout history. For centuries, Mary’s story has been told by male chroniclers, and the drama of her life – three marriages, one rape, one kidnapping, one imprisonment, and one execution – has eclipsed her own political agency. For the first time, Clare Hunter examines the tools Mary used as Queen to make her voice heard and the cultural context of her time. Embroider its truth is an eloquent biography that deciphers the myths to tell us Marie’s own story.