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Queen Margaret's Defiance of the Scottish Parliament

Queen Margaret's defiance of Parliament

c.1859 by John Faed.


After King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden, his widow, Queen Margaret, outwitted the Scottish Lords in their bid to gain possession of her children, including the heir, James V. She confronted the Lords at the gates of Stirling Castle, forced them to declare their errand, and then shut the portcullis between herself and them. Unfortunately for Margaret, her defiance was short lived. She renounced her position as regent by marrying Archibald Douglas, 6th Earl of Angus.

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Taken on July 4, 2009