Time Essay: The Return of Elizabeth and Mary

WHO are the women who capture the public imagination today? Angela Davis? Germaine Greer? Shirley Chisholm? Each of them does command unusual attention, but none of them more than two long-dead ladies: Elizabeth I, Queen of England from 1558 to 1603, and Mary, Queen of Scots, her contemporary and bitter rival. Their sudden popularity is a turn of the popular psyche that befuddles the critics, but, in this day of so-called new politics, Elizabeth and Mary's Old World politics remain as fascinating as ever. Four centuries old, history's most famous catfight still reverberates...

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