Battle of the Queens


“Their sisterly familiarity was ceased, and instead thereof nothing but jealousies, suspicions and hatred” --Sir James Melville.

On the 17th of November 1558 Elizabeth I rose to the throne of England as Henry VIII’s heir. Yet for many Catholics in England and abroad, Elizabeth was illegitimate. They saw Mary Stuart, queen of Scotland and legitimate granddaughter of Henry’s sister Margaret Tudor, as the rightful queen of England. This committee will begin in 1565; the marriage between Mary Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley--another heir to the English throne--has left Mary and Elizabeth’s diplomatic relationship in tatters. We will deal with the complex religious and political tensions of the time, both in the United Kingdom, and the world at large. Be prepared for scandalous affairs, murders, and illegitimate children. May the best queen win!

Background Guide