Tuesday, June 28

How the secret of the letter Mary, the Queen of Scots, wrote before she was executed was unraveled


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Anamorphosis, called Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587.  He reigned 1542-1567.  Unknown author.  National Galleries Of Scotland.

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Anamorphosis, called Mary, Queen of Scots, 1542-1587. He reigned 1542-1567. Unknown author. National Galleries Of Scotland.

Maria Estuardo’s life was a dizzying mix of romance and revenge. She was Queen of Scotland, briefly of France and also aspired to be of England.

Crowned regent of the Scots six days after she was born, she was betrothed – and disengaged – to Prince Edward, Henry VIII’s son, when she was just eight months old, hoping to defuse rivalries between England and Scotland.

Again engaged when she was 6 years old with the French dolphin, Francisco, to resume the traditional alliance between the Scots and the French, married at 15, was queen of France for a year and was widowed at 17.

He returned to rule his home country and in 1565 he married his second cousin Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, a stormy marriage who bore a son in 1566 – the future James VI of Scotland and I of England – and culminated in the murder of her husband, in 1567.


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