Rival Queens: The betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots

Book launch with Kate Williams

Book launch with Kate Williams

When

  • 22 October 2018
19:00

Ticketing information

Tickets: £22.50.

This event will take place in the New Armouries Banqueting Suite at the Tower of London. Doors will open at 18:30.

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Join bestselling author and broadcaster Kate Williams as she offers an electrifying new perspective on Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, and the most important relationship of their lives – that which they had with one another.

In her book Rival Queens: The betrayal of Mary Queen of Scots, she explores the lives of these two incredible women of power in a man's world, laying bare both their friendship and the struggle that would end in Mary's betrayal.

At the end of the Tudor era, Elizabeth and Mary became one another's closest confidants in the struggle to be both women and queens. Alliances were few, but for many years theirs survived – until the forces rising against them, and the struggles of love and dynasty, drove them apart.

It was a schism that would end in secret assassination plots, devastating betrayal and, eventually, the signing of Mary’s death warrant in Elizabeth's hand.

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