<B>Sukey's favorite</B> Royal rivals Elizabeth I of England and Mary Queen of Scots have long intrigued writers, historians and moviemakers. But strangely there's never been a dual biography of their irrevocably intertwined lives. Jane Dunn rectifies that omission in <B>Elizabeth ∧ Mary: Cousins, Rivals, Queens</B>, her brilliant, wonderfully researched assessment of these very different rulers and their dynamic, ever-changing relationship, read here in buttery British tones by Isla Blair. Now we hear their words, and we can see these two extraordinary women, who never met in person, as real people, freed from the myths that surround them. The princely, pragmatic Elizabeth who sacrificed the personal to marry England and her subjects could be witty, salty and incredibly canny. Mary enchanting, flirtatious, led by her passions had a fatal lack of discretion and disastrously poor judgment in politics and partners. In the end, Mary had to lose her headstrong head for the crown to sit firmly on Elizabeth's. <I>Audios may be available in formats other than the ones reviewed here.</I>

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