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Elizabeth and Mary - Cousins, Rivals, Queens-logo

Elizabeth and Mary - Cousins, Rivals, Queens

Jane Dunn

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Donada Peters

Length:

19h 59m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

04:29


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:48


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:35


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

02:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:36


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:20


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

05:02


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:09


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:04


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:48


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:51


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:07


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:33


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:24


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:59


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:51


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:34


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:10


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:30


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:30


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:29


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:35


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:02


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:47


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:43


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:42


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:58


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:17


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:32


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

01:53


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:40


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:02


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:11


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:50


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:50


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

04:55


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:42


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:41


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:29


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:37


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:26


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:38


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

02:08


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:11


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:42


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:27


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:24


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:34


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

03:53


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:10


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:24


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:33


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:10


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:12


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:21


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:46


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:27


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:35


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:41


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:15


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:41


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:15


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:43


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:58


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:41


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:17


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:45


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:07


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:00


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:56


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:13


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:58


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

02:21


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:17


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:37


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:15


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:06


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:24


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:51


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:30


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

04:01


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

04:16


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:50


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

03:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:29


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

03:29


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

04:46


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:54


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

01:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:11


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:08


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:19


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

04:36


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

04:23


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

05:06


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:45


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

05:08


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:22


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:57


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:53


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:02


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:53


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

04:57


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:09


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

01:47


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:38


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

01:39


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

03:52


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:06


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:22


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:04


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:20


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

03:34


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:40


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:54


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:47


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:24


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

03:57


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

05:01


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:32


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:01


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

04:22


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

04:03


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:09


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

02:05


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:23


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:57


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:43


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

01:43


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

04:36


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

04:45


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

04:26


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

03:56


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:44


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:26


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:53


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:55


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

03:59


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:53


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:33


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:07


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

04:12


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

03:18


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:29


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

04:36


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

03:44


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:21


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

04:11


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

04:41


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:41


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:24


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:15


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

04:56


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

04:07


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

04:32


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:27


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:36


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

03:17


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

04:14


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

04:44


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

04:23


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

04:14


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

04:53


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:49


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

04:05


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

04:32


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:35


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

04:29


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:37


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

03:57


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

04:28


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

04:22


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:56


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

01:51


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

04:57


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:22


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:09


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:10


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

02:46


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

04:22


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:50

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