Execution of a Queen

On 8 February 1587, Marie Stuart (Queen of Scots) was executed at Fotheringhay Castle for her supposed treasonous acts against Elizabeth I, Queen of England.   From the moment Mary was informed of her impending execution (the following morning) she felt the world lifted from her shoulders. This prison that she had been kept in… Continue reading Execution of a Queen

The Eve of Execution: Queen of Scots

On the evening of 7 February 1587, the imprisoned Queen of Scots was notified of her forthcoming execution the following morning. For 19 years Mary was held prisoner in her cousin Queen Elizabeth’s country. The very country that Mary’s grandmother, Margaret Tudor was raised. Mary spent the last few hours of her life in prayer.… Continue reading The Eve of Execution: Queen of Scots

BraveHeart – The 10 historical inaccuracies you need to know before watching the movie

Originally posted on Hande's Blog:
The 1995 movie, BraveHeart, is a cinematic master-piece. A multiple Oscar winner, an awe-inspiring cinematic portrayal of Scottish freedom fighter William Wallace and his greatest accomplishments. It’s also an extremely historically inaccurate film, but that doesn’t devalue it as a cinematic achievement. Star and director Mel Gibson himself notes…

Reflections on a superb article on the differing childhoods of rival queens Mary and Elizabeth

Originally posted on Orthodox in the District:
Conor Byrne is a history student at the University of Exeter whose research interests include gender, cultural, and social history. His excellent blog focuses on historical issues but also touches upon contemporary political and social events.  The Creation of Anne Boleyn, a fascinating website maintained by controversial feminist author…