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The political themes in Tapestry are universal. It is the story of the 15 years that Mary Queen of Scots was the “guest” of Bess of Hardwick and her husband George Talbot. Their mission from Queen Elizabeth 1 was to keep England safe from the Catholic threat from Europe. The shape of European history was condensed down to the actions of two people, who in the end were polar opposites. George wanted a quiet life and his coal and lead mining, Bess wanted Dynasty, wanted a member of her family on the throne of England. She played a dangerous game, but in the end she has won out. Prince William has her genes from both his parents, Charles and Dianna. In the end their “guest” lost her head and Bess got what she wanted.


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