Mary Queen of Scots and Who Wrote the Casket Letters?
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 2009-12 edition. Excerpt: ...had been "shamefully enamoured of Bothwell," and that " she would go to the world's end with him in a white petticoat, rather than leave him." This is another of the vile slanders Mary had to submit to. There is no evidence to show that she ever said anything of the kind, or had anything to do with Bothwell, outside his ofiicial position. Kirkaldy's letter was sent as a bribe, in order to get money out of Elizabeth. There was no nearer road to her purse than the slandering of Mary. These slanders were always welcome, and received by her enthusiastically. Her ministers and ambassadors knew well that Kirkaldy was urgently requiring money at this period, and this letter shows that he knew how to get it. What is remarkable is that a historian like Tytler actually believed these statements, and goes on to condemn Mary accordingly. This has been unfortunate, on account of the prejudicial effects his opinion would have on posterity. One historian puts Kirkaldy's conduct in a nutshell: "It was an illustration of the bartering of his soul for English gold." ' No one knew better than Kirkaldy that the statements were false, and inconsistent with the high-principled line of conduct Mary had always pursued. EvenElizabeth was disgusted with him, e.g. Randolph says 1 " Her majesty (Elizabeth) told me that she had seen a writing sent from Kirkaldy to Lord Bedford, despitefully written against the Queen of Scots, in such vile terms that she could not abide the hearing of it. She condemned him for one of the worst in the realm, seeming somewhat to warn me of my familiarity with 7' him. This was an unexpected speech fi-om the English queen, considering her antagonism to Mary, and...
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- 13 Sep 2013
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