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Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

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The first dual biography of two of the world’s most remarkable women—Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots—by one of Britain’s “best biographers” (The Sunday Times).

In a rich and riveting narrative, Jane Dunn reveals the extraordinary rivalry between the regal cousins. It is the story of two queens ruling on one island, each with a claim to the throne of England, each embodying dramatically opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness (and views of sexuality) and divinely ordained kingship.

As regnant queens in an overwhelmingly masculine world, they were deplored for their femaleness, compared unfavorably with each other and courted by the same men. By placing their dynamic and ever-changing relationship at the center of the book, Dunn illuminates their differences. Elizabeth, inheriting a weak, divided country coveted by all the Catholic monarchs of Europe, is revolutionary in her insistence on ruling alone and inspired in her use of celibacy as a political tool—yet also possessed of a deeply feeling nature. Mary is not the romantic victim of history but a courageous adventurer with a reckless heart and a magnetic influence over men and women alike. Vengeful against her enemies and the more ruthless of the two queens, she is untroubled by plotting Elizabeth’s murder. Elizabeth, however, is driven to anguish at finally having to sanction Mary’s death for treason. Working almost exclusively from contemporary letters and writings, Dunn explores their symbiotic, though never face-to-face, relationship and the power struggle that raged between them.

A story of sex, power and politics, of a rivalry unparalleled in the pages of English history, of two charismatic women—told in a masterful double biography.

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A dual portrait of England's Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin--and rival--Mary Queen of Scots documents the complex relationship and dramatically different qualities of character, ideals, attitude toward womanliness, and reigns and discusses the power struggle between them and their diverse influence on British history. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing

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Jane Dunn is the author of a biography of Mary Shelley, a study of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and most recently of a groundbreaking life of Antonia White. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Bath, England.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307425744
Subtitle:
Cousins, Rivals, Queens
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Author:
Dunn, Jane
Author:
Jane Dunn
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Royalty
Subject:
History : Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Queens -- Great Britain.
Subject:
Mary
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Audio Books-Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
Biography-Royalty
Subject:
Great Britain-Tudor to Stuart Period
Subject:
World History-England Royalty
Subject:
Politics - General
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050125
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
480

Related Subjects

Biography » General
Biography » Historical
Biography » Royalty
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History

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Product details 480 pages Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group - English 9780307425744 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A dual portrait of England's Queen Elizabeth I and her cousin--and rival--Mary Queen of Scots documents the complex relationship and dramatically different qualities of character, ideals, attitude toward womanliness, and reigns and discusses the power struggle between them and their diverse influence on British history. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 60,000 first printing
"Synopsis" by , Jane Dunn is the author of a biography of Mary Shelley, a study of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and most recently of a groundbreaking life of Antonia White. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Bath, England.

From the Hardcover edition.

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