The Blairs Memorial Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots-EXCERPT: 'One of the most iconic images of Mary, it was commissioned by Elizabeth Curle, one of Mary’s closest companions during the final years of her English captivity. It represents Mary in preparation for her Catholic martyrdom on the executioner’s block.'
The most famous book of hours was given to Mary, Queen of Scots by her uncle, the Duc de Guise, when she was still betrothed to the Dauphin, the future Frances II. It was created and beautifully illuminated in France in the second quarter of the 15th century. On blank pages and of the margins there are many notes,written by Mary herself. It is said that she took this very book to the scaffold with her.
Queen Mary’s Bath House, Edinburgh, Scotland. ~This strange little house is located on the western boundary of the grounds of Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh, the principal residence of the Kings and Queens of Scots since the 1500's.