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Elizabeth and Mary

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Elizabeth and Mary by Jane Dunn
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Jan 25, 2005 | ISBN 9780375708206

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“A perceptive, suspenseful account of complex English history. . . . By the end of this satisfying book, one feels sympathy for both women, brave queens in an age when ‘no one considered that a woman could effectively rule alone.’ ” —The New York Times Book Review

“Elegant. . . . Dunn demythologizes Elizabeth and Mary. In humanizing their dynamic and shifting relationship, Dunn describes it as fueled by both rivalry and their natural solidarity as women in an overwhlemingly masculine world.” —Boston Herald

“A balanced, nuanced, and eminently clear account. . . . Brilliantly conceived, elegantly executed, and compellingly readable.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A wholly engrossing and sumptuous retelling of a tale that entered legend even before its protagonists were dead.” —Newsday

Author Essay

Both Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots were women who wielded ultimate power. However, as Jane Dunn shows in Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens almost every facet of their personalities was different, and the patterns of their extraordinary lives were a result of their individual ways of interacting with the world. If one were to give these two women a personality test, their results would show that they actually represent two opposing personality types. Most of us are not so different from each other as Elizabeth and Mary; we exhibit qualities of both queens. But which of the two are you most like?

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