Thursday, September 17, 2009

Mary Queen of Scots Last Letter Goes on Display

Reported From Live Science:

"The last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, written on the eve of her execution, is going on display at the National Library of Scotland, Reuters reports.
Mary, once queen of France, wrote the letter to her brother-in-law, the king of France after she was told that she would be executed for treason against her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I of England.
Mary was overthrown from the Scottish crown and fled to England in 1568, at the mercy of the English queen. As a Catholic, she was considered a threat to the Protestant Elizabeth, as Catholics in England thought she had a stronger claim to the English throne. Mary was beheaded in 1587. Her remains lie in Westminster Abbey."

The letter will only be on display until the 21st of September, a very short time. If you would like to read the very interesting full article go here to Yahoo! News


  1. I would love to read it, although it's a bit spooky to know that Mary wrote it knowing she was going to die.

  2. I would love to be able to see and read that letter. I live too far away :(

  3. How I would love to see it in person!

    Poor Mary; she began with such hope and she made such bad choices at every turn. She had awful taste in men, and many of her political decisions came back to bite her in the butt, especially when she became so desperate (and despairing) after so many years of incarceration.

    Do you think she had anything directly to do with Darnley's murder? My "jury" is still out on this one. I can be convinced either way, I think, if I'm presented with enough solid research to back it up.

  4. My husband was trying to tell me a last letter of a queen was in the news, but he couldn't remember what queen. So now I know! Thank you! :)

  5. Eek, I got goosebumps reading this post. Completely agree with Amy--as much as I'd love to read it (in person--darn it that Scotland is so far!) it's beyond creepy to think about what was going through her mind while writing it!

  6. I would love to see it too. I forgot to mention but it is in French. Scotland is like the distance to space in my mind from here. It is a place I would love to visit. I talked to my friend Forrest who lives relatively in the area and he said "I am going to visit, I will snag some leaflets". Lucky dog I swear!

    I am on the fence about if she was involved. Like you I need a solid base of evidence before I could render a judgment. My latest read of The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots by Carolly Erickson had an interesting spin on it that maybe she lead Bothwell to do it for unknown reasons.


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