Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots on film – allies or enemies?

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70 Oxford Street

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The story of Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots’ relationship has been shown countless times on our screens – most recently in the film starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. Each of these depictions asks us to consider: what was the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary actually like? Which queen was more successful, and which queen was more likeable? Even historians continue to debate the nature of Mary and Elizabeth’s relationship.

Joseph Massey, a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University studying Mary’s posthumous reputation, will be discussing this subject with Aidan Norrie, a PhD student at the University of Warwick who has written about Elizabeth’s representation in film. Their light-hearted discussion will be structured around various film clips, considering things such as: historical accuracy, Mary and Elizabeth’s love lives, their political careers, and whether they were really rivals. We hope it will be an enjoyable event that shines some light on how the representation of Elizabeth and Mary on screen has changed over time and we look forward to sharing our favourite scenes and historical anecdotes of these equally fascinating queens!

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