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Mary Stuart spent most of her childhood in France where she was raised as a Roman Catholic. She married Francis II in 1558, but following his early death she returned to Scotland, ruling for seven turbulent years. Her brief marriage to Lord Darnley produced her only child, later James I of England and VI of Scotland, but ended in Darnley's murder in 1567. Only months later Mary married the Earl of Bothwell who was implicated in Darnley's death. She was finally forced to abdicate in favour of her son and fled to England. As cousin and heir to Elizabeth I, Mary became the focus for Catholic rebellion in England. She was eventually declared guilty of treason and executed in 1587.
oil on panel
H 25.1 x W 19.1 cm