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Mary Queen of Scots

| December 9, 2011

Those of you who clicked on The Anne Boleyn Files Advent Calendar yesterday – 8th December – will have read that it was Mary Queen of Scots’s birthday yesterday. I’m sorry not to have posted it on here, seeing as she was Elizabeth I’s nemesis for many years, but you can read all about Mary […]

24 April 1558 – Mary Queen of Scots Marries the Dauphin

| April 24, 2011

On this day in history, Mary Queen of Scots married Francis, the Dauphin of France, at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Mary was 15 and Francis was 14. Francis became King Consort of Scotland at the marriage and then he became King of France and Mary Queen Consort of France on the death of Francis’s […]

The Murder of David Rizzio – 9 March 1566

| March 9, 2011

On this day in history, 9th March 1566, David Rizzio, the private secretary of Mary Queen of Scots was assassinated in front of Mary, who was heavily pregnant. But who was David Rizzio and what led to his murder? David Rizzio John Guy, historian and author of “My Heart is My Own: The Life of […]

The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots – 8th February 1587

| February 8, 2011

On this day in history, Wednesday 8th February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringhay Castle.The warrant for her death had arrived the day before and Sir Amyas Paulet, Mary’s gaoler, wasted no time in arranging Mary’s execution. Historian John Guy writes of how Paulet, his assistant Sir Drue Dury, and the Earls […]

Mary, Queen of Scots – 8th December 1542

| December 8, 2010

Happy Birthday, Mary Queen of Scots! Yes, on this day in history, 8th December 1542, Mary Stewart (Stuart) was born at Linlithgow Palace in Scotland. Mary Queen of Scots was the daughter of James V of Scotland and his second wife, Mary of Guise, and the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor (Henry VIII’s sister) and James […]

John Knox

| November 24, 2010

On this day in history, 24th November 1572, the Scottish clergyman and famous Reformer, John Knox, died as his wife read aloud from Paul’s First Letter to the Corinthians. But who was John Knox? Here are some facts about this fascinating man:- Born: Between 1505 and 1512 in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland Died: 24th November […]

The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots

| October 14, 2010

On this day in history, 14th October 1586, the trial of Mary Queen of Scots began at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. Historian John Guy, author of “My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots”, has written a brilliant chapter on Mary’s downfall, “Nemesis”, and I have him to thank for the […]

Robert Dudley to Marry Mary Queen of Scots?

| September 29, 2010

On this day in history, 29th September 1564, Robert Dudley was made Earl of Leicester, an earldom which had been planned earlier in the year to make him more acceptable as a bridegroom to Mary Queen of Scots. Yes, in the Spring of 1563, Elizabeth I offered her favourite, and the man she loved, Robert […]

Mary Queen of Scots

| September 17, 2010

You can find out more about Mary Queen of Scots in the following articles:- The Murder of Lord Darnley Mary Queen of Scots Part 1 Mary Queen of Scots Part 2 The Bosom Serpent and Gloriana Mary Queen of Scots Marries Lord Darnley The Murder of David Rizzio – 9 March 1566 The Execution of […]

Mary Queen of Scots Lands in Scotland

| August 19, 2010

On this day in history, at six o’clock on the morning of Tuesday 19th August 1561, Mary Queen of Scots landed at Leith harbour, in Scotland, the country of her birth. The reason for her return to her homeland was the death of her husband, Francis II King of France. He died in December 1560 […]