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The Infant Mary Queen of Scots | by walla2chick
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The Infant Mary Queen of Scots

This is another beautifully done presentation at Edinburgh Castle. I read a lot of the history of Scotland and England before my trip. When Mary was born her father, King James V of Scotland was extremely disappointed. His wife had born two boys before but both had died. James died six days after her birth and she was crowned 9 months later. King Henry VIII decided that Mary should marry his son, Edward but was rejected by Mary's regents which made Henry very angry. Thus begun the "rough wooing" and attacks on Scotland by him.


Eventually Mary was sent to France and was engaged to the dauphin. They married as teenagers but he died shortly afterwards which is when she returned to Scotland. It is an amazing story which you can read here


Two more husbands and some rough years in Scotland led her to London to ask for protection from Queen Elizabeth I, her cousin. Elizabeth was fearful Mary was after her throne and imprisoned her. After twenty years of imprisonment she was put to death at age 45 by Queen Elizabeth I, whom she had never met, but who feared that Mary because Elizabeth had no heirs.


Both are buried in the Westminster Cathedral in London.


Mary Stuart's tomb


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Taken on June 5, 2010