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The first major exhibition featuring Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens will be on display at The British Library from 8 October, 2021 to 20 February, 2022.
Elizabeth I was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death in 1603. Elizabeth was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor. Mary, Queen of Scots reigned over Scotland from 14 December 1542 until her forced abdication on 24 July 1567. Elizabeth and Mary were two powerful women whose relationship dominated English and Scottish politics for thirty years from 1558.
Queen Elizabeth I. Image from Wikipedia
Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens offers a rare opportunity to see fascinating letters written by the two queens themselves, who never actually met. The letters will sit alongside items including 16th-century state papers, speeches and cipher documents, beautiful maps, drawings and woodcut engravings. There will also be paintings, jewels, textiles, maps, drawings and objects borrowed from private and public collections in the UK and Spain.
Revealing a dangerous world of plots, espionage and treachery, Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens explores how the drama unfolded against the backdrop of an England and Scotland deeply divided between Protestants and Catholics and a Europe torn apart by religious conflicts and civil wars.
Mary, Queen of Scots. Image from Wikipedia
The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of events.
Come and discover the history of Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens exhibition at The British Library from 8 October, 2021 to 20 February, 2022.