Royal cousins, rival queens: Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I of England


23 July 2021
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Professor Susan Doran presents an exclusive online talk on the rivalry between two of history's most famous women, as a major new British Library exhibition opens this autumn.

Who were the real Mary and Elizabeth? How were their fates intertwined?

Professor Susan Doran, Senior Research Fellow in History at both Jesus College and St Benet's Hall, presents this exclusive online talk for History Scotland. Places are limited so book now for just £10.

Join us as we explore the dark side of 16th-century Scotland and England, discovering how two women who never met were locked in a dangerous rivalry with a heartbreaking conclusion.

Join Professor Susan Doran for a 50-minute talk followed by a 30-minute Q&A. The webinar will be recorded and the recording made available to ticket holders for 7 days after broadcast.


Speaker details

Professor Susan Doran is Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College Oxford and teaches early-modern history at St Benet’s.

Her research and teaching interest lies in the politics, religion, and culture of sixteenth and early seventeenth-century Britain. She has written extensively on the Tudors, especially Elizabeth I, focussing on her image, religion, political relationships, attitude to marriage, and foreign policy.

One of her most recent books is Elizabeth I and her Circle published by OUP in 2016. At present, she is completing a book entitled Regime Change from Elizabeth I to James I, 1603-1612, which is a study of the accession and early years of James’s reign and examines: how the king of Scotland took the English throne in 1603; the expectations of his new subjects on his accession; and the extent of change in politics, religion, international affairs and government during the first decade of the reign.

Greatly committed to public history, Professor Doran has worked with curators to edit catalogues of four major exhibitions, including Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins: Rival Queens. This year she is co-curating with Professors Paulina Kewes and William Whyte a digital exhibition - Oxford Re-formed - at the Museum of Oxford.


Event details

The event will be chaired by Dr Allan Kennedy, senior lecturer in history at the University of Dundee, and History Scotland’s consultant editor.

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

Book now for just £10 and guarantee your place...

Registration fee: £10. Starts 6.30pm (GMT+1). To find the start time in your time zone, visit TimeAndDate.

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(Professor Doran image copyright Jesus College Oxford)