Annette Gross

What I'm Reading Now

Filed By Annette Gross | March 04, 2006 12:31 AM | comments

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Since contemporary news-of-the-day basically makes me sick, I have immersed myself in English and Scottish Medieval History. These people make our celebrities and politicians look like mere babes! Talk about dysfunctional families! Dr. Phil (who also makes me sick) would have had a field day with the Tudors and their friends. Henry VIII had eight wives. What's that about???? I'd say he has commitment problems. His first daughter Mary believed she was pregnant when she wasn't. Major denial problems. Mary Queen of Scots was married to a character who fooled around (with women and men) so she decided to knock him off. And don't forget they were all cousins anyway!

Then there's Elizabeth I. I greatly admire Elizabeth. She saw what happened to women when they married. Even if she was the Queen of England, she would have had to submit to her husband. So she decided to do things her way. She had the Court constantly wondering and guessing about her love life (or lack of it). They tried to get her married, but it was difficult. First, she had to see what the possible intended looked like. Without cameras, the only way to get a look at the fellow was to have someone paint his portrait. Well, that took months. And when she finally received the painting, how was she to know if that's what he really looked like? One poor fellow had pock-marks all over his face. The other problem is that she didn't trust anyone. To say there was "intrigue at Court" is an understatement. In those days, people didn't usually marry for love - they married for political gain. And you always had to watch your back. So Elizabeth remained true to herself and ran the show her way. She had strength, belief in herself and common sense.

So, the book I'm reading right now is MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS AND THE MURDER OF LORD DARNLEY by Alison Weir. In attempting to solve the mystery of who murdered Darnley, Ms. Weir recreates for us the events leading up to the dastardly deed. We meet various Scottish lords, foreign ambassadors, Catholic and Protestant clergy as they all try to further their own causes. It's a virtual game of who did what with whom and when. And it also shows us that the more things are different, the more they stay the same. We don't exist in a vacuum. I think some of our politicans need to look at the Tudor household and learn from their mistakes. Ah, I guess that might be asking too much.......

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Mary Queen of Scots is one of my favorite historical characters. There's a book written by Victoria Holt (although under a pen name I can't remember right now) that's also very good. You'll have to let me borrow it when you're done.