Regicide: Mary, Queen of Scots - ELIZABETH I HELPS HER COUSIN

Chatsworth House was one of several places where Mary, Queen of Scots was forced to live while in England.  PD 


If Mary, Queen of Scots could have foreseen all the trouble her marriage to Bothwell was going to cause, one can only hope she would have made a different choice.

Without the support of Scottish nobles, Mary turned to her cousin, Elizabeth, for help. Surely, she must have thought, Elizabeth would assist a fellow queen and cousin.

Without waiting for the advice of her ministers, who would have told her NOT to seek help from Elizabeth, Mary left for England. She was 26 years old.

When she arrived in England, Mary asked to see her cousin, the Queen. For another 19 years Mary would continue to ask for an audience with Elizabeth. She never got one.

Instead, she was confined in one English castle or another, never free to leave. Effectively imprisoned without charges, and without a trial, Mary ceased to live the life of a queen.

As time passed, Mary increasingly tried to return to Scotland. There was always a reason why her English captors would not let her go. The main, unstated reason was clear.

Elizabeth and her advisors continued to view Mary - the heir - as a threat to the security of Elizabeth's throne.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2007

Updated Last Revision: Jul 15, 2019

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