|Plot Summary of Elizabeth and Mary|
|"Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens
For nearly thirty years Queen Elizabeth of England and her cousin Mary, Queen of Scots, were uncomfortable rivals. Mary had succeeded her father on the throne at the age of six days in 1542, while Elizabeth ascended at the age of 25 in 1558. Both were highly intelligent and ambitious women and there was not room for both. Elizabeth was beset by enemies everywhere she looked, and haunted by the insecurity of her possibly dubious legitimacy, while Mary had been involved in murderous plots between husbands and enemies -–sometimes they were one and the same.
The author follows the personal and political relationships between both women skilfully, against a background of instability at home and abroad – a relationship that ended with Mary's execution in 1587. In view of the fact that she is writing about people who died over four centuries ago, her psychological insight into the characters of each is very impressive.
John Van der Kiste, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Elizabeth and Mary|
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Period of greatest activity?
- ancient times
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- distant past
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
Is this a biography of several people?
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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