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Two Queens in One Isle

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The relationship between Queen Elizabeth I of England and her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots is a complex one, they were united by blood but divided by religion. Championed by continental and underground English Catholics as the rightful Queen of England, Mary was nevertheless given protection by her cousin after she was deposed amid outrage at her immoral behaviour. Rumours ...more
Paperback, 241 pages
Published June 25th 1999 by Sutton Publishing (first published October 1st 1984)
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Cheryl
Oct 22, 2012 Cheryl rated it liked it
I've read a number of books about Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor because I find them fascinating foils of each other and different representations of women in power in a male dominated sphere. I think the thing that struck me the most about their story this time was something that was not even really called out in the book, namely that Mary spent almost 19 years as a prisoner in England. Interestingly, this woman who was considered a legitimate threat to Elizabeth's crown spent more of her life ...more
Denise
Two queens...two cousins. One the queen of England and a Protestant. The other the queen of Scotland and a Catholic. A detailed, well-researched book showing the emotional and mental character of each and how one queen's quest for power came up against the other queen's need to keep that power. Excellent read!
C.S. Burrough
Jun 26, 2014 C.S. Burrough rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone
Alison Plowden's history of these cousin queens, Protestant Elizabeth I of England and Catholic Mary of Scots, is enthralling.

It is near impossible, after reading material such as this, to side with one queen or the other. Each was arguably at fault and justified in her treatment of the other. Mary came off the worst to lioness Bess.

The backstory is that the teenaged Mary, when queen consort of France, had once claimed the so called 'illegitimate' Elizabeth's throne as her own and was considered
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Sarah Gwinn
Feb 21, 2014 Sarah Gwinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You will feel sorry for both the queens

At times is hard to read with the Latin and French words. The author's translation of old world English made me lose my place a few times. it was filed with intrigue and murderous plots. Mary queen of Scots with down right miserable and you want to admire Elizabeth. Even to the end Mary was as stubborn as they come. It is true her only real duty was to produce an heir.
Neeuqdrazil
I really enjoyed this. It's an older book (originally published in 1984, I think?) but it doesn't show its age at all.

Plowden does a very good job of looking at Mary, and Elizabeth, (focusing more on Mary), and how their interactions, and Mary's eventual execution (spoilers!) were practically pre-ordained from the time that Mary started quartering her arms as Queen of France with the arms of England.

This is a relatively easy read - it's presented chronologically, and is pretty straightforward
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J S
May 21, 2015 J S rated it really liked it
Interesting book, written in a significantly less dry style than most history books. Only flaw is that occasionally the author gives a statement of opinion without pointing to actual facts.
Catherine
Aug 26, 2014 Catherine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
A very factual book, that did tell me things I did not know. It could have been written in a slightly more engaging way - not too dissimilar to some school text books.

Elizabeth
Jul 26, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Well considered and researched, informative read.
Kristine
Jun 07, 2008 Kristine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good easy read for non fiction.
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