Elizabeth I and the Execution of Mary Queen of Scots
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This paper examines the factors that led to the decision to execute Mary, Queen of Scots by Elizabeth I and the Privy council. Additionally, the paper considers the consequences of this political execution on the lives of individuals and groups in England in its aftermath. First, the paper discusses the political atmosphere prior to Mary's execution, particularly the tension between Catholics and Protestants in England. Next, it discusses the Privy Council's concerns for Elizabeth's safety while Mary was alive. In particular, it notes various assassination attempts on Elizabeth. Then, the paper addresses the consequences of the execution, such as the debate throughout Europe as to whether it was just or unjust. Finally, the paper considers how the issues of succession was impacted by Mary's execution. The paper concludes by stating that the decision to execute Mary had long term consequences.
From the Paper:"One of the factors which led to the political decision to execute Mary Queen of Scots was the fact that Europe was full of Catholics, who were unhappy with Elizabeth's rule, as they believed England should be ruled by a Catholic leader, not a Protestant one. It was because of this that foreign relations between England and other countries in Europe began to deteriorate. France, a traditional ally of England's, was unhappy with Elizabeth's reign, and refused to name her as the rightful Queen to the throne. Instead they recognised Mary Queen of Scots as the rightful leader. This was because of several reasons: Mary had once been married to the King of France until he had died, and Mary was a Catholic, just like France was. England also faced the discontent of Catholics also, as seen by the Northern Rebellion of 1569. This occurred when Elizabeth refused to name Mary as her successor, and refused her to marry the Duke or Norfolk. As a result, the Dukes allies; Catholic Earls of Westmorland and Northumberland, rose in a rebellion along with other discontented Catholics (as well as from Spain). The marched to where Mary was being held prisoner, however were driven back to the Scottish border."
Sample of Sources Used:
- J Keith Cheetham, On the Trail of Mary Queen of Scots: 1992.
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