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A Royal Catfight: The Battle Between Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Mary Stuart

On the popular television series Game of Thrones, Khaleesi Daenerys Targaryen (Queen of the Dothraki clan) proclaimed, “I will do what queens do. I will rule” (Game of Thrones Season 4 Quote). That was particulary so during 16th and 17th century Europe, which was the time of rule by Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland and Queen Elizabeth I. Both queens brought forth a time of political and religious change to the United Kingdom, which aided in the increase and influence of each family’s powers atop the English, Scottish and French throne. Though both women were of the same Tudor family, they were drastically different in their attitudes towards their ruling their countries.
Quen Mary Stuart was born to James V, son of Margaret Tudor, and Mary of Guise. The unfortunate death of he father when she was six days old left her to be Queen of Scotland. Since she was too young, however, Mary’s mother ruled Scotland as regent. Growing up, she was a devout Catholic, which unfortunately did not carry onto her reign when she travelled back to the Protestant Scotland. “Her claims to the throne of England were almost as strong as her claims to the Scottish throne” (“Mary, Queen of Scots (r. 1542-1567).”). Mary was, in fact, next in line to the English throne after Henry VII’s legitimate children. Though she was a Tudor, she did not rule over France.
Queen Mary of Scots, for a time, ruled over France. At a young age, she was taken to France for safety and to eventually marry Francis, becoming an heir to French throne. They were married and became King and Queen of France, which also united France and Scotland. Sadly, Francis died of an ear infection a year later. This left the Queen of Scots widowed and returning to her homeland (“More Information A...

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