The Love Letters of Mary, Queen of Scots, to James, Earl of Bothwell by Mary Queen of ScotsMary I (known as Mary, Queen of Scots, Mary Stuart, and in France as Marie Stuart) was Queen of Scotland from 14 December 1542 to 24 July 1567. She was the only surviving legitimate child of King James V. She was six days old when her father died and was crowned nine months later.
In 1558, she married Francis, Dauphin of France, who ascended the French throne as Francis II in 1559. Mary was not Queen of France for long; she was widowed on 5 December 1560. After her husbands death, Mary returned to Scotland, arriving in Leith on 19 August 1561. Four years later, she married her first cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Their union was unhappy and in February 1567, Darnley was found dead in the garden at Kirk OField, after a huge explosion in the house.
She soon married James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, who was generally believed to be Darnleys murderer. Following an uprising against the couple, Mary was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle on 15 June and forced to abdicate in favour of her one-year-old son, James VI. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, Mary fled to England seeking protection from her first cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, whose kingdom she hoped to inherit. Elizabeth ordered her arrest because of the threat presented by Mary, who had previously claimed Elizabeths throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics, including participants in the Rising of the North. After 19 years in custody in a number of castles and manor houses in England, she was tried and executed for treason for her involvement in three plots to assassinate Elizabeth.
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James Hepburn c. He was known for his association with, abduction of, and marriage to Mary, Queen of Scots , as her third and final husband. He was accused of the murder of Mary's second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley , a charge of which he was acquitted. His marriage to Mary was controversial and divided the country; when he fled the growing rebellion to Scandinavia he was arrested in Norway and lived the rest of his life imprisoned in Denmark. He succeeded his father as Earl of Bothwell and Lord Hailes in
After Lord Darnley jokingly insulted King Francis , Lucrezia de' Medici withdrew her support and set sail for the following day back to Florence. Mary was very upset over this, because if the Duchess left, she took her support and the promise of funding with her.
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Mary, Queen of Scots Anna Throndsen. - She charged Bothwell with adultery involving a servant girl by the name of Bessie Crawford.
View Basket. Get all the latest news and findings from our experts, read new articles on Scottish history, receive special offers and enter exciting competitions! Hide message. Roy Calley explores a fifty-mile horseback journey made by Mary Queen of Scots to reach the injured Earl of Bothwell, in order to try to discover whether the Stewart queen was in love with Bothwell or simply reacting to a dramatic turn of events. One of the many controversies surrounding Mary Queen of Scots - of which of course there were many - was the so-called love-affair with James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, ahead of their disastrous union following the murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley. A journey that has been romanticised and mythicised like no other, in my opinion. In October Mary was in the important Scottish town of Jedburgh holding a justice eyre.
Contemporary evidence from several sources suggests that she had taken part in a long-running affair and became involved with him in a crime of passion. The fact that the two principal sources of evidence can be seen to be falsified does not necessarily mean that the story of a crime of passion was not true. A review of the verifiable evidence is needed to establish an alternative scenario. The key questions that need to be answered, are:. Some of the evidence for a crime of passion is quite plausible. Another problem with divorce was that it would leave Darnley free to carry on his plotting.