01 February 2011
Mary and Elizabeth: Sisters Opposite
The differences between the two sisters, however, were great, and they would become nearly completely estranged as adults.
The beginning of a distance that would mark Mary and Elizabeth's relationship probably began when their brother Edward was king. Their differences were growing, and their personal associations were of a very different persuasion. A clear mistrust was growing between the daughter of Catherine of Aragon, and that of Anne Boleyn. Mary had hardened as a result of a series of miserable occurrences, and she was taking the shape of a sadly unstable person. Elizabeth was sharply intelligent, and also unsurprisingly for a person who had grown up largely without mother or father, was becoming rather wily and resourceful.
The death of Edward marked a time of extreme unease between Mary and Elizabeth, and their relationship as sisters became hopelessly strained.