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on 27 September 2017
I read this on Kindle and enjoyed it. As you do, though, I couldn’t help wondering - what if? Given Ms Weir’s assessment of Mary’s character, with which I can’t help agreeing, what if she had married a man who could have been a support to her?
We can discount Robert Dudley, because Elizabeth would never have let him go, but what if Lord James had been a second cousin, or an Albert of Saxe-Coburg- Gotha had come along?
Without doubt Albert’s policy would have been to keep on the right side of Elizabeth, for the sake of the children, and he might even have persuaded Mary to turn Protestant. Of course, Albert would have nullified Mary as a threat to Elizabeth, and then Elizabeth might have married Dudley.
Off topic, when you look at the foreign princes Elizabeth gave some consideration to, as distinct from the kings Mary dangled after, Elizabeth was more realistic. She looked at younger sons, and with the exception of Mary of York, (of William and Mary fame) all princesses in direct line for the succession have married younger sons - Queen Anne, Queen Victoria, Princess Charlotte of Wales and Her present Majesty. All the Duke of Edinburgh’s major honours were conferred by George VI.