Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
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Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
Mary, Queen of Scots
|How was James VI of Scots, Mary's son, related to Elizabeth I and worthy of her throne on her death?||Mary, Queen of Scots
They were third cousins. Elizabeth recognised James as the best heir on her death because he was both Protestant and already practised in kingship. Elizabeth was James' godmother but this title did not make them blood relatives, but the fact that they were cousins helped James' case.
|What was the main reason for Queen Elizabeth I agreeing to the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots in 1587?||Mary, Queen of Scots
Evidence that Mary was part of a Catholic conspiracy to overthrow Elizabeth. Elizabeth I agonised over whether or not to have her royal cousin executed. She finally capitulated and Mary was executed. Elizabeth later said that the execution should not have happened.
|Why did Catholic Europe view Mary as the true to heir to the English Throne after Queen Mary I's death in 1558?||Mary, Queen of Scots
Because Queen Elizabeth I was widely viewed by Catholics as a bastard. Mary's father-in-law, Henry II of France encouraged her to style herself Queen of France, Queen of England upon her cousin's death. This act angered Queen Elizabeth I and the English people and she demanded she stop styling herself Queen of a nation that wasn't hers.
|Mary's second husband, Henry, was killed in an explosion and blame for this was put on Mary herself. Where did he die?||Mary, Queen of Scots
Kirk O' Field. Mary was widely believed to be behind the death of her husband whom she had grown to despise. It wasn't long after that she was run out of Scotland by the dissatisfied Scottish nobility.
James. James became King of Scots at an early age and later ascended to the English throne upon Queen Elizabeth I's death in 1603.
|Who was Mary's arch enemy in the matter of religion during her personal reign in Scotland?||Mary, Queen of Scots
John Knox. During talks together, Mary would break into tears after a religious argument with John Knox who made her mother's Regency in Scotland so tumultuous.
Francis II King of France, Henry Lord Darnley and James Bothwell. Mary married Francis in 1558 and had a brief reign as Queen Consort. Her marriage to Henry, Lord Darnley was love match but she soon tired of him because of his wild mood swings and drunkenness. Her last marriage to James Bothwell was a love match that angered the Scottish nobility and resulted in James being run out of the country.
|What was the English "rough wooing" that drove Mary into the welcoming arms of the French?||Mary, Queen of Scots
Henry VIII forcing the betrothal of his son Edward, Prince of Wales and Mary, Queen of Scots. This prompted Marie de Guise to send her daughter to live at the French court and become the fiancÚ to the French dauphin.
James V of Scotland and Marie de Guise. Mary's father died only a few days after Mary was born and James' wife Marie de Guise became Regent for the young Queen.
1542. Mary, Queen of Scots was born shortly after the deaths of her two young brothers, James and Arthur. Mary was a great disappointment to the ailing King, her father, who declared that 'As it shall start with a lass it will end with one.'
20 years. Elizabeth did not want to execute Mary for fear of a retaliation from France or Spain, or Mary's Scottish supporters. She used the Babington Plot as an excuse to have her executed. She clamed Mary was involved in this plot to assassinate her.
|What was the evidence that was supposed to link Mary and Bothwell to the murder of Darnley?||Mary Queen of Scots
The Casket Letters. There is still debate today over the Casket Letters. Many people believe they were forgeries.
Holyrood House. It was believed by some that Darnley was involved in the plot to kill Riccio due to the influence he had over the Queen.
No. Elizabeth did plan to meet Mary but she pulled out for fear of assassination, and for fear of being associated with a Catholic Queen.
Francis, Darnley, Bothwell.
Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester.
|What position was Lord Darnley in line to the English throne while Elizabeth I was on the throne?||Mary Queen of Scots
2nd. This was part of the reason why Mary apparently married Darnley, as he would bring her even closer to the English throne.
1561. Scotland had been ruled by regents, James Hamilton and Mary of Guise, while she was growing up, and while she was living in France. She returned to Scotland in 1561 after the death of her first husband, Francis.
Yes. She even prosecuted several people for breaking this law, despite the fact that she was continuing to practice her own faith.
Catholic. Which was unfortunate, as Scotland had undergone a Reformation, leading to Scotland being declared a Protestant country.
|Mary's father James V said 'It cam' wi' a lass and it'll gang __ __ ____.' on his deathbed upon hearing it was a female heir that had been born. What three words are missing in his quote?||Mary Queen of Scots
wi' a lass . What he mean by this was that his family, the Stewarts, had become Kings of Scotland through marriage to Bruce's daughter. Now James feared that they would lose the position because his only heir was female.
Linlithgow Palace. She was born here in 1542.
1559-1560. Mary's husband, Francis II, died young and she went back to Scotland soon after. Mary's time as Queen of France was probably the happiest time of her life.
Lord Darnley. He was born with the title of Lord Darnley (It was a subsidiary title of that of his father, Earl of Lennox). Mary made him first Baron Ardmannoch, then Earl of Ross, then Duke of Albany, and finally King of Scots. The purpose of this was to make Darnley seem to have a rank suitable to marry a queen.
Marie R. Mary never changed her signature all her life. The reason for this is probably because she was taught to sign 'Marie' in France because that is the French form of Mary.
Lady Jean Gordon. Jean was not happy about being divorced and complained to her brother, Lord Huntly, who then became an enemy of Bothwell.
James, Earl of Moray. Moray was Mary's illegitimate half brother. He was murdured in 1570. Morton later became regent after James's two successors were also murdured.
Stuart. Her father was James V of Scotland and her mother was Marie de Guise. James V was a Stuart. It is sometimes spelled Stewart, the original Scottish spelling. Stuart was the French spelling that Mary retained after her time in France.