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    • Ashlie Jensen

      A 1613 depiction by a Dutch artist of the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots at Fotheringay Castle on February 7th, 1587. It also depicts the subsequent destruction of her personal belongings (left) to prevent them from being made into relics by her followers.

    • Charlotte Hunyor

      In April 1587 Queen Elizabeth I executed her rival to the English throne, her cousin Queen Mary Stuart of Scotland and France. A bitter conflict, played out over twenty years, between the women on personal, political and religious grounds was concluded.

    • Kristin N

      On this day in history Mary Queen of Scots was executed. After 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Queen of Scots is beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle in England for her complicity in a plot to murder Queen Elizabeth I. In 1542, while just 6 days old, Mary ascended to the Scottish throne upon the death of her father, King James V. Her mother sent her to be raised in the French court, and in 1558 she married the French dauphin, who became King Francis II of France in 1559 but he died the following year.

    • Ashlie Jensen

      Being Bess: On This Day in Elizabethan History: The Execution of Mary Queen of Scots - On Feb. 8th in 1587, Mary Stuart, the former Queen of Scots, was executed at Fotheringhay Castle after being implicated in the Babington Plot the previous year. You can read about the charges & evidence against her, her trial & execution in our article:

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