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SIM Ep 690 Chops 237: Queens, cousins, rivals, opposites?

Most people think they've got a grasp on history when it comes to the Tudors, but how much of that knowledge comes from pop culture or male historians? This week, Hannah chats to Dr Andrea Clarke, curator of The British Library's fantastic exhibition Elizabeth and Mary: Royal Cousins, Rival Queens. They talk about Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, how they were similar and how they were different, and what myths about them need to go in the bin right now. Andrea talks us through some of the treasures on display, many for the first time, and has a crack at answering the eternal question: Did it really need to end with Mary's head on the chopping block?

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