Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn
Elizabeth and Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens by Jane Dunn, HarperCollins, 2004, 592 pages
This is the first biography of the fateful relationship between Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots. It was the defining relationship of their lives, and marked the intersection of the great Tudor and Stuart dynasties, a landmark event in British history.
Distinguished biographer Jane Dunn reveals an extraordinary story of two queens ruling in one isle, both embodying opposing qualities of character, ideals of womanliness and of divinely ordained kingship. Theirs is a drama of sex and power, recklessness, ambition and political intrigue, with a rivalry that could only be resolved by death.