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Mary Queen of Scots, aged 19, in white mourning to mark the loss of three members of her immediate family within a period of 18 months. Her father-in-law Henry II died in July 1559; her mother Mary of Guise died in Scotland in June 1560; and in December of the same year her husband Francis II died. Mary, no longer Queen of France, returned to Scotland in August 1561.
Defiance and fear of Mary Queen of Scots revealed in letter to Vatican sent months before execution Mary sent letter begging for her life to Sixtus V It is now among 100 of the most historically significant items due to go on display in Rome She wrote the missive from her prison cell at Fotheringay Castle, Northamptonshire Written in French she asks for forgiveness for her sins but also speaks out against falsehoods