Mary, Queen of Scots - Preface
Table of Contents
- 0. STORY PREFACE
- 1. ENGAGED, MARRIED and WIDOWED
- 2. DEATHS of RIZZIO and DARNLEY
- 3. BAD JUDGMENT and ABDICATION
- 4. ESCAPE from LOCH LEVEN
- 5. "SAFELY KEPT and GUARDED"
- 6. IMPACT of the BABINGTON PLOT
- 7. MARY DEFENDS HERSELF
- 8. "FOR the CAUSE of the TRUE RELIGION"
- 9. EYEWITNESS REPORTS a BEHEADING
- 10. THE CASE of the BLACK PEARLS
- 11. MORE BACKGROUND on MARY
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:
- At six-days old, her father died and the princess became Mary, Queen of Scots;
- At six-months old, the Treaty of Greenwich promised she would marry Prince Edward (son of Henry VIII) when Mary was ten (but the Treaty was rejected by Scotland's Parliament):
- At six-years old, she was engaged to marry the Dauphin of France;
- At sixteen, she was married to the Dauphin;
- At eighteen, she was a widow.
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.
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