On the evening of 7 February 1587, the imprisoned Queen of Scots was notified of her forthcoming execution the following morning.
For 19 years Mary was held prisoner in her cousin Queen Elizabeth’s country. The very country that Mary’s grandmother, Margaret Tudor was raised.
Mary spent the last few hours of her life in prayer. She distributed her belongings to her household, and wrote her will and a letter to the King of France. This would have been her former brother-in-law who was now King Henry III of France.
8 February 1587
To the most Christian king, my brother and old ally,
Royal brother, having by God’s will, for my sins I think, thrown myself into the power of the Queen my cousin, at whose hands I have suffered much for almost twenty years, I have finally been condemned to death by her and her Estates. I have asked for…
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