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February 18, 2019

Mary Queen of Scots completed her last letter at 2am on Wednesday 18 February 1587. Six hours later she was to mount the scaffold at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. The letter is addressed to Henri III, King of France. Directly or indirectly, Mary was involved in plots against the English Queen, in plans for Catholic risings in England, and in diplomatic intrigues on the continent. The English government was persuaded that, to ensure the political stability of England, Mary could not be allowed to live. The English government insisted that the death of Mary was purely a political matter. However, as she conveys in her last letter, Mary herself believed she was dying a religious martyr. Read more

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