Hero or Villain? Traitor or Martyr? Imagining Mary Queen of Scots

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Famously beheaded by her cousin Queen Elizabeth, Mary Queen of Scots was embroiled in intrigue and tragedy. Professor Chris Highley of The Ohio State University will examine conflicting representations of Mary during her own time and since, in order to identify the major images through which she has been understood.  Professor Highley will explore the ways she has been portrayed on-screen, both in earlier versions and the upcoming December release of Mary Queen of Scots.

Chris Highley is Professor of English and Director for the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the Ohio State University. His books include Shakespeare, Spenser, and the Crisis in Ireland (1997), Catholics Writing the Nation in Early Modern Britain and Ireland (2008), and Henry VIII and his Afterlives (2009).  He is currently finishing a book on the Blackfriars neighborhood of London in the age of Shakespeare.
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