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Mary, Queen of Scots. She ruled Scotland for 25 years, ending in 1567. Under the laws of succession, Mary was next in line to the English throne after her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, who was childless. To Catholics, Elizabeth was illegitimate and Mary was the true heir. Elizabeth feared Mary’s ambition but was reluctant to act against her, an anointed queen. After dubious plots surfaced, Elizabeth permitted a trial for treason, and Mary’s conviction and execution.
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.
Queen Anne Boleyn ~ Sometimes the wages of ambition is death. ~ Henry's divorce from Catherine of Aragon & marriage to Anne was part of the complex beginning of the considerable political & religious upheaval known as the English Reformation. She wielded much political influence & actively promoted the cause of Church Reform. Her relationship w/ Henry VIII had a radical effect on the course of English history. Her relationship w/ Henry VIII had radical effect on course of English history.
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
Napoleon's Death Mask. "His steely determination and spark of dynamism have dissolved. His eyes are sunken, his cheek hallow, his lips hang slightly ajar. It's a fallen face, and the story it tells is of defeat and exile."
"Mary, Queen of Scots, age 9" I have never been quite convinced that this is Mary--Mary had a long, narrow, beaky nose (not unlike her cousin Elizabeth's) and this lady's nose is positively snub! If it's Mary, it certainly doesn't look like the Clouet portraits.
Queen Mary. The family called her Mae. She was engaged to the eldest son of Edward VII, the Duke of Clarence. He died of influenza. George the second son fell in love with her and they married.