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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:

Isla Blair

Length:

6h 33m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:04


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:42


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:14


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:06


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

05:54


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:25


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:30


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:12


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:26


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:08


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:57


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:53


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

06:20


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:31


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:54


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:18


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:16


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:18


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:01


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:03


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:45


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:03


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:49


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:10


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

06:03


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:46


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:20


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:03


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:32


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:30


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:52


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:46


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

05:13


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:56


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:37


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:06


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:43


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:38


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:48


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

01:49


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:24


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:19


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:44


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:08


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

05:45


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:51


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:40


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:16


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:39


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:58


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:47


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

05:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:52


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:53


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:09


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:23


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:26


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:20


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:50


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:32