In her review of The Queen’s Project [Section Two, April 17], Carol Burbank describes Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots as “sisters (who) never met.” Actually, those two queens were cousins.
Elizabeth I did, however, have an older half sister, Queen Mary I, with whom she was tragically well-acquainted. Their relationship was rife with political, religious, and dynastic rivalries that ultimately led to Princess Bess’s imprisonment during part of her sister’s reign. The siblings’ rivalry ultimately ended in a draw, with both queens dying childless and James, son of Mary Queen of Scots, succeeding to England’s throne.
Nina D. Gaspich