A book comparing Elizabeth&Mary instead of only one queen in the spotlight! Amazing history, WELL written and perfectly read! Two thumbs up!
This book is not only inaccurate and vicious toward Queen Elizabeth I. but an outdated saint-worship of Mary, queen of Scots. Pampered, spoiled, arrogant, presumptious, horrible when it came to state-business, diplomacy, reigning, loving her people and making sacrifices for her country. Being spoiled in France (Where she was married to the dauphin) she grew self-centered and rather unfit to be a reigning queen. When she had to leave France she made it clear that she felt nothing for her homeland. Grasping for Elizabeth's crown she challenged the greatest monarch ever. Of course she had no chance against the Tudor-Rose who sacrificed her love, her hope for children and much more for England. Mary on the other hand married for lust, grew tired of her husband and bid her lover to kill her husband. Only to marry her lover and being denounced as a whore and murderer at every court. Oddly ELIZABETH defended her! I could go on and on... Skip this and buy Dunn's "Elizabeth and Mary, Cousins, Rivals, Queens". Well written, historically accurate and justly portrayed you'll find much more depth there than in Dumas' revival of ancient lies, prejudices and Catholic saint-worship of a woman who had her husband killed, wanted her cousin murdered, committed adultery, married the murderer of her husband etc. Mary WAS a sadly romantic woman with many gifts. But Dumas' saying "If she had had but one blemish on her body she would never have perished on the scaffold!" is childish, ridiculous and ignorant. Mary wasn't executed for her beauty (Long gone then) but for her conspiracies, crimes and lies.
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