Image depicting official painting of Mary, Queen of Scots maintained by Blairs Museum, Aberdeen, Scotland. Online courtesy Wikimedia Commons.
I forgive you with all my heart,
for now, I hope,
you shall make an end
of all my troubles.
Mary Stewart (as her name was spelled when she was born) was a royal baby. Her father, James V, was king of Scotland. Her mother, Mary of Guise, was a French princess who'd lived in the palace at Chateaudun.
Henry VIII, then king of England, and Margaret Tudor, Mary's great-grandmother, were brother and sister. That made Henry's daughter, Princess Elizabeth, and Mary, the Scottish Princess, second-cousins.
With such impressive ancestry, one might think that Mary would have a comfortable life. But consider these facts:
She was a girl, then a woman, who belonged to the country. As a child, she was more a political asset, good for developing relationships between countries, than a young girl who could grow-up with her own family. Her personal desires and preferences had to take second place.
Hers is a tragic story. Let's find-out why.