Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

Jane Dunn

The political and spiritual conflicts among Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for hundreds of years captured our mind's eye and encouraged memorable dramas performed out on degree, reveal, and in opera. yet few books have delivered to existence extra vividly than Jane Dunn’s Elizabeth and Mary the beautiful texture of 2 women’s competition, spurred on through the targets and machinations of the forceful males who surrounded them. The drama has excellent resonance even now as ladies proceed to fight of their bid for govt power.

Against the backdrop of sixteenth-century England, Scotland, and France, Dunn paints pics of a couple of protagonists whose ambitious strengths have been put in relentless competition. Protestant Elizabeth, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn, whose legitimacy needed to be vouchsafed by means of felony potential, glowed with government skill and a visionary power as vibrant as her crimson hair. Mary, the Catholic successor whom England’s opponents needed to work out at the throne, was once captivating, female, and deeply persuasive. That such girls, queens of their personal correct, must have been contemporaries and neighbours units in movement a joint biography of infrequent spark and page-turning energy.

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