Kate Williams: Rival Queens
Kate Williams is a Professor of History at Reading University but better known to us for her frequent appearances on TV as a historian. She joined us at St Peter's for the York Literature Festival to talk about Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots, the subjects of her new book ‘Rival Queens’.
Kate brought a new perspective to the familiar tensions between the two, charting the ups and downs of their relationship and the wider political pressures exerted through Elizabeth’s court to decide her fate and the lack of sound, disinterested advice for Mary.
Afterwards, there was a buzz in the dining room as people queued to buy her book and talk to Kate.