Crown of Thistles
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The struggle between the Stewarts and the Tudors is generally seen only in terms of the relationship between Elizabeth I and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots. In this study, Linda Porter explores the background to that intense rivalry. It opens in the 1480s as Henry Tudor becomes king in England and James IV inherits his father's throne in Scotland, and goes on to examine the ancient and intractable power struggle between England and Scotland that formed Mary Stewart's fatal inheritance.