The Life of Elizabeth I - Chapters 7 and 8 Daughter of Debate and Without a Certain Heir Summary & Analysis

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Chapters 7 and 8 Daughter of Debate and Without a Certain Heir Summary and Analysis

Chapter 7 discusses Mary Queen of Scots, who believed herself the true Queen of England. She lived most of her life in France, and many believed she was a better claimant to the English throne than Elizabeth. Mary was younger than Elizabeth and considered a beauty, which Elizabeth saw as competition. Though Scotland was Protestant Calvinist, Mary had been raised Catholic in France. However, Mary was willing to compromise, and her half-brother James Stuart, whom she later named Earl of Moray, was her chief advisor. In Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth saw someone like herself: a female monarch. Elizabeth decided to befriend Mary if she would renounce her claims to the English throne, but Mary wanted to be named Elizabeth's successor. Not only were...

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