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Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
Jane Dunn
Harper, 2003
ISBN 000653192X
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For nearly thirty years Queen Elizabeth of England and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, were uncomfortable rivals. Mary had succeeded her father on the throne at the age of six days in 1542, while Elizabeth ascended at the age of 25 in 1558. Both were highly intelligent and ambitious women and there was not room for both. Elizabeth was beset by enemies everywhere she looked, and haunted by the insecurity of her possibly dubious legitimacy, while Mary had been involved in murderous plots between husbands and enemies -–sometimes they were one and the same.

The author follows the personal and political relationships between both women skilfully, against a background of instability at home and abroad – a relationship that ended with Mary's execution in 1587. In view of the fact that she is writing about people who died over four centuries ago, her psychological insight into the characters of each is very impressive.

The review of this Book prepared by John Van der Kiste

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Plot & Themes

Royalty bio    -   Yes Period of greatest activity?    -   ancient times

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion Century:    -   distant past

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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