Friday, February 8, 2013

Remembering Mary Stuart

On the anniversary of her death. To quote:
Babington and his fellows were now arrested, tried and executed, then Mary’s trial began (14 and 15 October). A death sentence was the object desired, and it was of course obtained. Mary freely confessed that she had always sought and always would seek means of escape. As to plots against the life of Elizabeth, she protested “her innocence, and that she had not procured or encouraged any hurt against her Majesty”, which was perfectly true. As to the allegation of bare knowledge of treason without having manifested it, the prosecution would not restrict itself to so moderate a charge. Mary, moreover, always contended that the Queen of Scotland did not incur responsibilities for the plottings of English subjects, even if she had known of them. Indeed, in those days of royal privilege, her rank would, in most men’s minds, have excused her in any case. But Lord Burghley, seeing how much turned on this point of privilege, refused her all signs of royalty, and she was condemned as “Mary Stuart, commonly called Queen of Scotland”. (Read entire post.)

"Marie R"


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