Mary: Queen of the Scots, and Her History

Mary Stuart. The Triple, Unfortunate, Queen of Scotland  
Tracey Spitzmueller
Bell 5, Mr. Klotz, AP Europe

                                                  Mary’s Life and Rule

Mary Stuart was born to Mary of Lorraine (her namesake) and Henry VII.   When Mar y of
Lorraine’s previous husband, James V, died Mary found her second partner in Henry VII. 1 Due
to Henry’s role in English royalty, Mary held hereditary hold over both the Scottish and English
crowns.   However, Mary never held the English crown and rarely sought it. At less than a
week old Mary was crowned Queen of Scotland.2   With this status, it was originally planned for
Mary to wed the son of Henry VIII.   But this carefully thought out marriage was not meant to be. Henry
demanded that Mary instantly be sent to England. The Scots refused, stating that she would go once she
had reached the age of ten. An outraged Henry boosted the forces sent to oppose Scotland, furious at
the Scots “refusal.” This aggression would be dubbed “The Rough Wooing”.1 Fearing for the young
Queen, Mary is sent to Sterling Castle. Needing assistance, Mary of Lorraine, wrote to her brothers in
France, in hopes of betrothing young Mary to the young French prince.   The brothers agreed, knowing
that, if successful, they would bring huge power to their niece, and most importantly, themselves. Young
Mary is brought to France amid tumultuous battles between the Scottish and English.2   Mary was
accompanied to France by her playmates and ladies (The Maries,) her nurses, nannies, and her
servants.1 Sadly, Mar y of Lorraine stayed behind in hopes of keeping her nation secure during the
English attacks.2 Mary would never see her mother again besides a final trip by her mother. Mary of
Lorraine felt a small reassurance in the knowledge that Mary would now be brought up Catholic, the
beloved religion of Mary of Lorraine. She knew she was giving her daughter the best she could as she