Thursday, May 25, 2006

Reginae

Top-notch -- Elizabeth and Mary. I knew a little about Elizabeth and Mary, but this wonderful book (by Jane Dunn) fills in the details--and God, as you know, is in the details. What a great deal I didn't know! Such as that, at the last minute, Elizabeth wanted her supporters to murder Mary and make it appear as if she had died of natural causes. (They declined.) Mary comes off very badly--a liar, a schemer, a possible murderess, a would-be murderess. I suppose that the exquisitely delightful possibility of becoming queen of England and Scotland unhinged her. She and Elizabeth never met -- Elizabeth apparently being afraid of her charm.
What a violent period!

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