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St. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots – Any Thoughts?

June 15th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

I’m a big fan of English history, especially the reigns of the Tudors. Since the time of her execution for treason, Mary Stuart, aka “Mary, Queen of Scots,” has either been slandered or revered. Her faith was not just a political tool as it was for so many other Catholic monarchs, however, there are rumors about her moral fiber. Yes, her gay husband was murdered mysteriously, yes, her cousin Elizabeth I was the near-victim of several assassination plots. However, what are the other possibilities? Many professors and historians think that her gay, English Catholic husband was murdered, not by Mary’s will, but that of her Scottish lords. After all, they wielded the true power. Also, the documents that supposedly show Mary’s guilt in conspiring against Elizabeth have come under much intense scrutiny, with many believing that they were forged by protestant fanatics wishing to eradicate the “papist threat.”

Personally, I do believe that Mary is without guilt in these (and other) matters, and that she is, at least, worthy of being called a noble martyr for the Catholic faith. There are relics of Mary Stuart in existence. Her dress is on display at an English estate which was used, coincidentally, as a refuge and shelter for local Catholics to attend Mass. Her breviary (and rosary?) are in Russia. Why, I don’t know. It’s a miracle the Soviets didn’t trash them.

Anyways, what are your opinions? Saint? Martyr? Traitor? Heretic wench? Murderess? Adulteress?


2 Responses to “St. Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots – Any Thoughts?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Re: Her Majesty, Queen of Scots: How about ditzy, politically inept, and having the misfortune to be alive at the same time as Elizabeth Tudor.(Good Queen Bess, my foot! Queen B**ch is more like it, IMO) Mary just didn't have the wherewithal to outwit Elizabeth and her network of spies and moles led by Cecil and Walsingham. Add John Knox to the mix, and you get a recipe for the disaster that actually took place. Antonia Fraser's "Mary, Queen of Scots" is a great biography of her. The Queen may have died a martyr and gotten a bum rap, but unfortunately history is written by the winners. Her quick re-marriage to Earl Bothwell and involvement in the Babington Plot didn't do her any favours either.

  2. Gen says:

    Well put. Queen Liz was definitely not the pure source of Truth which she has been portrayed as being.

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