Item description for Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart: The Perils of Marriage by Anka Muhlstein...
The story of Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart still fascinates historically interested readers to this very day. Their lives, tragically intertwined, is movingly retold in this new double biography, which is both a psychological as well as a fascinating political portrait of the queens. The two cousins were divided on the most fundamental question facing women of any era: to marry or not to marry. Elizabeth, a woman motivated by power, decided not to accept second place to any husband. The result: her bloodline ended with her and she therefore failed in this duty of a monarch. In contrast Mary, a woman ruled by passion, married three times. Her life, full of love, hate and political intrigue, ended tragically with her execution on the orders of Elizabeth. Yet it was her bloodline that continued and provided the monarch, who united the kingdoms of these two extraordinary women.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.2" Height: 1.97" Weight: 1.5 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher Haus Publishers Ltd.
ISBN 190495085X ISBN13 9781904950851
Availability 0 units.
More About Anka Muhlstein
Anka Muhlstein was born in Paris in 1935. Muhlstein has published biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine; studies on Catherine de MEdicis, Marie de MEdicis, and Anne of Austria; a double biography, "Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; "and most recently, "Balzac's Omelette "(Other Press). She has won two prizes from the AcadEmie franCaise and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, "Venice for Lovers. "They live in New York City.
Reviews - What do customers think about Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart: The Perils of Marriage?
An overview, but not for the initiated! Jun 22, 2008
This would be a suitable book for a beginning student of Tudor-Stuart history, but is disappointing to one experienced in the area. It does not reach either Antonia Fraser's work Mary Queen of Scots or John Guy's True Life of Mary Stuart,both of which deal extensively with Elizabeth as well, and lacks the scholarship of Allison's Weirs Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, or Jane Dunn's Elizabeth and Mary, Cousins, Rivals, Queens. As with every work written that involves the unhappy rivalry between the Queens, ( even Fraser's) it has a bias. No book that deals with the history of these two women should be read alone.
Starts out strong and interesting but fades towards the end. Nov 9, 2007
This book held my interest well until about 75% of the way through it. Then it got dull, and read more like a history text book. Also, a lot of time was spent on her childhood, and adulthood, but once she reached old age, very little time is spent on her and more instead on the others in her life. One minute I was reading about her declining years, the next, she was already dead and the book was talking about anyone else but her. So so book, I'd recommend waiting for the cheaper paperback edition and buying that used. Also didn't tell me anything that I didn't already know - no new insights or information.