How historically accurate is Josie Rourke’s 2018 film “Mary Queen of Scots” starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie?

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I have at last seen ‘Mary Queen of Scots’ in the cinema! As a piece of entertainment I thoroughly enjoyed it. The highlights are the spectacular acting of Saoirse Ronan as Mary and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth whose performances are outstanding. Josie Rourke’s objective has been to provide compelling cinema not a slavish adherence to history. […]

James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell

Why did Mary Queen of Scots marry the Earl of Bothwell?

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Historians have puzzled long and hard to establish Mary Queen of Scots‘s motive for marrying the Earl of Bothwell after the murder of her husband Lord Darnley. Contemporary evidence from several sources suggests that she had taken part in a long-running affair and became involved with him in a crime of passion. The principal sources […]

What crime was Mary Queen of Scots executed for?

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    Mary Queen of Scots was deposed from the Scottish throne while imprisoned at Lochleven Castle. She was not brought to trial in Scotland but was implicated in the murder of her husband Lord Darnley particularly as she had married the Earl of Bothwell, generally thought to have perpetrated the crime. When she escaped […]

The Looks and Personality of Henry, Lord Darnley

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It is generally assumed that Henry, Lord Darnley was extremely good looking, captivating Mary Queen of Scots as soon as she set eyes upon him. He was the son of handsome parents, Matthew Stuart 4th Earl of Lennox, who was closely connected to the Scottish Crown and Lady Margaret Douglas, daughter of Princess Margaret Tudor, […]