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Susan

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  • Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jane Dunn
    • Narrated By Donada Peters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    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.

    Catharina says: "Fantastic book"
    "Echoes in modern times"
    Overall

    I would never sit down to read a book like this one, but as an audible production it became acccessible to me. I found it fascinating, with plenty of insight into the personalities of political beings, and the life politics may force one to lead. I found myself constantly comparing this portrayal of historical figures with what I know from the press of modern political figures. The similarities of situations and probable underlying motives of the actors was fascinating to me.
    Not being a history scholar, I do not know how good the research is, but I believe it to have been pretty solid. The speculation is focused on the motives and personalities of the leads rather than on the events. The reader needs to accept a certain amount of psychoanalysis, but I thought the author stayed within the limits of her expertise (i.e. not much) and did not get carried away with it. Yes, certain passages of the text are repeated more than once (shame on the editor), so that I think the book could have been 1/3 shorter and still convey the same depth of insight and quantity of fact. Never-the-less, I highly recommend it for the facts and insights.

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