Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
She became queen when she was only 6 days old. She was sent to France at age six to get married. She is the cousin of Queen Elizabeth I. Who is this elegant, yet struggling woman? Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland. Beautiful and brave, Mary Stuart was known for being the Queen of Scotland, France, and was in line for the throne of England and she was also considered the true queen of England.
Mary Stuart was born on December 8, 1542, in Lithingow Palace, Scotland. She was the daughter of King James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Her father died only six days after Mary was born, so she became Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old (Haws Early Life par 1). She was crowned on the ninth of September the following year at Sterling. Mary was christened in the Parish Church of St. Michael, near the palace (“Mary, Queen of Scots” par 1). Later, when Mary turned six, she was sent to France by her French mother for her protection. While she was there, she lived as the French royal family (Haws Early Life par 1 and 2). When she set off to France, she traveled with the Children of Scotland’s Nobility, which included the Four Marys. They are the women who would stay with her throughout anything (“Mary Queen of Scots Bio” par 5). They were also educated at the French court with Mary, where she was brought up.
During her stay in France, King Henry gave Mary precedence over his own daughters, since she was going to marry his son in the future. Later, in April 1558, she married Henry’s son, the Dauphin Francis, when she was 15 years old. Soon after, in July 1559, when King Henry died, Francis became King Francis II of France, thus making Mary the Queen of France also (Haws Early Life par 1-2). Since Francis died in December 1560, Mary decided to return to Scotland, when she was 18 years old (Haws Early Life par 2-3). As soon as Mary returned to Scotland, she was shocked to find it under the influence of the protestant, John Knox. She later fell in love with her cousin Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, and they got married in 1564 (“Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots” par 5-7). Now Mary is the granddaughter of Margaret Tudor, who is Henry V III’s older sister. Therefore, she is Queen Elizabeth’s cousin because Mary’s father is Elizabeth’s uncle (“Mary, Queen of Scots” par 1).
Since Mary was considered a threat to Elizabeth, Elizabeth was worried about Mary and Darnley together could over power her and take over her throne, making Mary the Queen of England . Mary and Elizabeth had a very hard relationship, but since they were cousins and monarchies, they tried to have a good friendship, even though they don’t like each other very much. Many Catholics wanted to kill Elizabeth and put Mary in her throne. However, when she was asked, Mary refused to take Elizabeth’s throne (“Mary, Queen of Scots” par ). Mary’s life was miserable with Darnley. The only good thing about their marriage was that’s she gave birth to her only son, James...