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Mary Queen of Scots; Born Mary Stuart at Linlithgow, 8 Dec 1542; died at Fotheringay, 8 Feb 1587. She was the only legitimate child of James V of Scotland. His death (14 Dec) followed immediately after her birth, and she became queen when only 6 days old. (pic: by Federico Zuccari).

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I really enjoyed this book. I've read it a couple of times now. I like the presentation of Elizabeth and Mary's lives. Definitely a good read for those of you undecided who you prefer. This confirmed my view that Elizabeth dealt with the Crazy Mary situation as well as she could. No, not Crazy Mary. Unwise Mary. Rash Mary.

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Mary Queen of Scots bedroom in Holyroodhouse Palace. Queen Victoria made sure that Mary Queen of Scots' bedroom and outer chamber were diligently preserved exactly the way it was left by Mary. It was in the outer chamber that Mary's beloved assistant David Rizzo was brutally murdered by her husband in front of her face. David was ripped from behind Mary's skirts and dragged across the floor before he was murdered.

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Death mask of Mary Queen of Scots. She was very beautiful and it is said that Queen Elizabeth was jealous of her beauty.

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Mary Queen of Scots: "I am myself a Queen, the daughter of a King, a stranger, and the true Kinswoman of the Queen of England. I came to England on my cousin’s promise of assistance against my enemies and rebel subjects and was at once imprisoned…As an absolute Queen, I cannot submit to orders, nor can I submit to the laws of the land without injury to myself, the King my son and all other sovereign princes…"

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from womenshistory.about.com

Mary, Queen of Scots, with Francis II

Francis II of France & his wife Mary, Queen of Scots. (The double portrait was taken from Francis' mother, Catherine De Medici's "Book of Hours".)

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