Mary, Queen of Scots: An Unfortunate Tragedy

Mary Memorial

In a windswept field, by a quiet canal, in rural Northamptonshire lies a chunk of ancient stone.  Surrounded by an iron railing, this is all that remains of Fotheringhay Castle (shown above).  Nearby is a mound where the castle once stood.  The mound is covered in bracken, heather and grass and, in the adjacent field, is a caravan park.  There is little left to remind the visitor of the violent and tragic events that unfolded here 424 years ago.  A small plaque, attached to the railing around the stone, tells us this is the birthplace of Richard III, and the scene of the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots, cousin to the Queen of England and once crown head of France and Scotland.  Beheaded for the threat she posed to Queen Elizabeth I, and her throne, Mary was used and intimidated by those around her.  Was she an unwitting pawn in the schemes of others?  Or was she culpable in the plots that inevitably led to her own demise? Read More →