Reviews

  • "It takes a special kind of historian to turn an old story on its head. Eye-opening, provocative, this is the great rivalry re-imagined for the #MeToo generation."

    Lucy Worsley
  • "The perfect combination of scholarship and storytelling, meticulous research and emotional insight, Kate Williams brings Mary vividly to life in all her complexities and contradictions."

    Kate Mosse, author of The Burning Chambers
  • "Brings us a fresh Mary, set in a gloriously rich context, a tragic heroine - irresistibly real and relevant... There isn’t a line wasted in this taut, dramatic and utterly beguiling biography."

    Charles Spencer, author of Killers of the King: The Men Who Dared to Execute Charles I
  • "Scintillating, provocative... An elegant synthesis of royal biography and political thriller."

    Daily Telegraph
  • "What makes [Rival Queens] special is William’s understanding of how gender shaped Mary’s life. This is a feminist history."

    The Times