Portraits & Comments

Mary Queen of Scots
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Mary's Signature
*Mary’s Signature*

MARY AT 16

The Three Husbands of Mary Queen of Scots

Francis II
 
BOTHWELL
James, Earl of Bothwell
 
LORD DARNLEY
Lord Darnley
 

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 COMMENTS BY MARY’S CONTEMPORARIES

 “As godly a child as I have seen …and as like to live.” Sir Ralph Sadler, English ambassador,  March, 1543 upon seeing the infant Mary.  (There were rumours put about that she was a sickly child but Sadler was a witness to the healthy baby Mary.)

“She is both of great wisdom for her years, modesty, and also of great judgement in the wise handling of herself and her matters.”    Sir Nicholas Throckmorton, English ambassador to France, December 1560

“In all these broils I assure you  I never saw her merrier,  never dismayed.”      Thomas Randolph, English ambassador in a conversation with Sir William Cecil 1562

“She is a goodly personage, hath withall an alluring grace, a prety    Scottische accente, and a searching wit, clouded with myldness.”    (sic)    Nicholas White to Sir William Cecil, February, 1569  

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