Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587

Mary Queen of Scots 1542-1587

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Excerpt: ...Duke of Chatelherault, where his brother, the Archbishop of St. Andrews, with other principal personages of those parts, acknowledged her as Queen. All Scotland is in motion, some declaring for the Queen, and some against her and for the Earl of Murray. With regard to her flight, it is judged here, by those who know the site, and how strictly she was guarded, that her escape was most miraculous, most especially having been contrived by two lads under ten years of age, who could not be presupposed to have the requisite judgment and secrecy. To the greater satisfaction with the result may Pg 130 be added that the inmates of Lochleven Castle perceived the flight; but being shut up within it, and thus made prisoners, they had to take patience, and to witness the Queen's escape, while they remained at the windows of the castle. THE DISASTER AT LANGSIDE But now, if the current report be true, the Queen of Scotland, following the course of her fickle fortune, gives news of her troops having been routed near Glasgow, all her chief adherents being killed or made prisoners. Ibid. June 6. The news of the defeat of the troops of the Queen of Scotland was true. She had assembled about eight thousand men, who had flocked to her from divers parts, and for greater security she wished to shut herself up in Dumbarton, which is a very strong castle, but she could not get there without crossing the Clyde, over which there is but one bridge near Glasgow, and that was already occupied by the enemy. It was therefore determined to cross the river where it flows into the sea, a number of boats being sent to the spot for that purpose. The Regent, aware of this, went in pursuit with four thousand men; whereupon the Queen appointed as her Lieutenant-General the Earl of Argyle, who had just joined her, and who is her brother-in-law through his wife, Queen Mary's natural sister, and he with six thousand men gave Murray battle. MARY SEEKS ENGLISH PROTECTION The contest lasted...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236731018
  • 9781236731012