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Elizabeth & Mary by Jane Dunn :: August 10, 2004: 10:05 AM

I have just finished Elizabeth & Mary, Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn (Knopf, 2004 in USA) and I loved it!

I have read biographies of both queens before. I have read histories of England and Scotland at this time but this book attempts and succeeds in telling the story of the interaction and effect of these 2 powerful women on each other.

It reminded me of what an unusual time it was -- two queens, related, in adjoining countries in a time when women were seen as incapable of competent rule and how that affected them both. How the one used politics and the other her feminine charm to achieve what she wanted...how courageous each had to be in her own way.

If you want a book about the achievements of the time and a general history of the time, this is not the book for you. If you like psychological studies on the motives behind the events, or the role of upbringing on later actions, you should enjoy the book.

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