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Like Mother, Like Daughter: Sixteenth-Century Scottish Perspectives on Marie de Guise and Mary Stuart

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Title: Like Mother, Like Daughter: Sixteenth-Century Scottish Perspectives on Marie de Guise and Mary Stuart
Author: Sherwood, Devon
Department: Department of History
Program: History
Advisor: Ewan, Elizabeth
Abstract: This thesis examines sixteenth-century Scottish perspectives on Marie de Guise and Mary Stuart. Four histories are analyzed: John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland, George Buchanan’s History of Scotland, Robert Lindsay of Pitscottie’s Historie and Cronicles, and John Lesley’s History of Scotland. While each author offers a different perspective of the queens based on personal religious and political beliefs, the four texts address the same main themes: Catholicism, Frenchness, tyranny/agency, and femininity. These elements are addressed through similar persuasive tools such as character manipulation, disparagement of supporters, and comparison to earlier monarchs and regents. Most importantly, Marie de Guise is perceived as a behavioural predecessor to Mary Stuart in all four histories, thus creating a foreshadowing of Mary’s rule. This thesis offers heterogeneous perspectives on both queens which have lasted to the modern era, and which contribute to the understanding of queenship as it was perceived in sixteenth-century Scotland.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10214/13001
Date: 2018-04
Rights: Attribution 2.5 Canada


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