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Scotland & England

Mary, Queen of Scots

In this lecture, we explored the turbulent life of Mary Stuart, one of the more compelling characters of the colorful sixteenth century. Queen regnant of Scotland when she was 6 days old, she became Queen of France at 16.  A devout Catholic, Mary, Queen of Scots would spend much of her life pitted against her formidable cousin, Protestant Queen Elizabeth I of England.  Widowed at 17, Mary returned to Scotland and attempted to rule the warring Catholic and Protestant factions of her native land.  After two disastrous marriages, Mary escaped Scotland to England, where she remained in the captivity of Elizabeth for almost two decades.  As plots swirled around her, Mary was tried and convicted of treason, and beheaded on the order of Elizabeth in 1587.




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