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Trial of Mary Queen of Scots: Sixteenth Century Crisis of Female Sovereignty

Trial of Mary Queen of Scots: Sixteenth Century Crisis of Female Sovereignty

by Elizabeth Jayne Lewis, Jayne Elizabeth Lewis


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The treason trial and execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1586 constitutes a crucial moment in English history. This brief history with documents uses the conflict between Mary and her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, Queen of England, and its violent outcomes to explore a variety of important themes in English history including religion, nationality, sovereignty, gender, and the legitimacy of female rule. An extensive introduction discusses the trial and the events that precipitated it and offers relevant background on the political and religious history of sixteenth-century England. Nine primary documents--including treatises on the legitimacy of female rule, trial records, Elizabeth's speeches to parliament, letters between Mary and Elizabeth, and accounts of the trial by contemporaries--immerse the reader in debates and controversies surrounding the two queens and the trial.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312218157
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 12/15/1998
Series: Bedford Series in History and Culture
Edition description: REV
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.53(d)

About the Author

Elizabeth Jayne Lewis is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
• The Road to Fotheringay
• The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots
Part II: The Documents
• Background: Excerpts
• The Trial
• Elizabeth's Exchanges with Parliament
• Descriptions of Mary's Execution
• Appendices Selected Bibliography
• Index

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