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Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens - Jane Dunn
Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
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The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and in opera. But few books have brought to life more vividly than Jane Dunn’s Elizabeth and... show more
The political and religious conflicts between Queen Elizabeth I and the doomed Mary, Queen of Scots, have for centuries captured our imagination and inspired memorable dramas played out on stage, screen, and in opera. But few books have brought to life more vividly than Jane Dunn’s Elizabeth and Mary the exquisite texture of two women’s rivalry, spurred on by the ambitions and machinations of the forceful men who surrounded them. The drama has terrific resonance even now as women continue to struggle in their bid for executive power. Against the backdrop of sixteenth-century England, Scotland, and France, Dunn paints portraits of a pair of protagonists whose formidable strengths were placed in relentless opposition. Protestant Elizabeth, the bastard daughter of Anne Boleyn, whose legitimacy had to be vouchsafed by legal means, glowed with executive ability and a visionary energy as bright as her red hair. Mary, the Catholic successor whom England’s rivals wished to see on the throne, was charming, feminine, and deeply persuasive. That two such women, queens in their own right, should have been contemporaries and neighbours sets in motion a joint biography of rare spark and page-turning power.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375708206 (0375708200)
ASIN: 375708200
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 480
Edition language: English
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Reflections
Reflections rated it
4.5 Doubly interesting--Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots
Powerful and ambitious cousin queens at a time when kings ruled Europe, I found this dual biography of Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots deeply and doubly interesting. By depicting both personal histories the context of each queen’s life is contrasted and enriched, and Jane Dunn’s thoughtful, viv...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it
2.0 Elizabeth and Mary
The title refers to two 16th century monarchs, cousins and contemporaries whose lives would profoundly affect each other. Elizabeth I, Queen of England, and Mary, Queen of Scots. Both provoked passionate partisans from their own day to ours; Elizabeth usually named as among the greatest monarchs eve...
A Tale of Two Pages
A Tale of Two Pages rated it
4.0 Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
I read this book in three days! It was hard to put down once I got started and became hooked. Jane Dunn goes beneath the initial layers of these women to reveal just what made these girls tick, what they were really made of and what kept them going. Both were deeply religious, and one grew up with e...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
3.0
This is a good sober and solid rendition of two parallel lives.
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
4.0
There has been plenty (perhaps too much? Nah.) written on both Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots. Thankfully, Dunn's book stands out. In fact, it should make the short list for the fact that she presents the Queens side by side, allowing to see what Mary is doing while Elizabeth is doing this. ...
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