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Introduction: “Partners both in throne and grave”

  • Alice Hunt
  • Anna Whitelock
Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)

Abstract

Mary and Elizabeth, England’s first crowned queens, share the same tomb in Westminster Abbey. In 1606, James I dug up Elizabeth’s body from its place in the tomb of Henry VII and his queen, Elizabeth of York, moved it to the left-hand side of Henry VII’s chapel where Mary was buried, and commissioned a monument heralding the reign of his predecessor. But the plaque on the tomb (see Figure 1.1) also acknowledges the presence of Elizabeth’s half-sister, Mary. It reads:

Partners both in throne and grave, here rest we two sisters Elizabeth and Mary, in the hope of one resurrection.

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Notes

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  • Anna Whitelock

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