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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3,682 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jane Dunn Narrator: Isla Blai Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Clare | 2/19/2014

    " I have always been fascinated by these two women of history. I grew up loving mary queen of scots, but as I have gotten older I have come to love Elizabeth more. This book was very well written and even someone who knew nothing about the period could follow along, although some things might need to be reviewed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Michelle Cook | 2/17/2014

    " Loved this book for many reason! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie | 2/11/2014

    " loved this book. two women who forever changed European politics. it was great to learn more about each of them in relation to eachother. Dunn does a great job with it. I highly recommend this to any history buff... or lover of phillipa Gregory "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rachel | 2/6/2014

    " There are great books about Elizabeth and Mary as individuals but little that deals with their relationship and how their lives intertwined and how their political decisions impacted on each other so the premise of this book is good - but I wish it had been more memorable to read. It was well researched and engaging but it didn't have anything new to offer us in terms of perspective or insight. "

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