Execution of Mary Queen of Scots


Mary Queen of Scots


  • Intro

    Mary (1542-1587) was a Catholic with a claim to the English throne, and became a target for plotters under Elizabeth I. After being detained for nearly 20 years in England, she was brought to trial in 1586 for conspiracy, and was executed in Fotheringay Castle, Leicestershire. This drawing shows the execution. It was found in the papers of Robert Beale, the clerk who read out the death warrant before the execution. It shows Mary entering the hall attended by her women, on the scaffold, and lying on the block.


    Shelfmark: Add. MS 48027, f.650.

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