Mary Queen of Scots Rediscovered

Once reviled, Mary Queen of Scots is being viewed in a new light by Scottish researchers. "It's time for Scotland to rediscover a great queen, charismatic, successful, a modern woman who secured the succession and was viewed with favour by England," says Professor John Guy, of St Andrews University, who has penned a new book about the reviled monarch. Professor Guy believes that much of Mary's bad press was at the instigation of William Cecil, counciler to Queen Elizabeth I.

"Cecil re-wrote history, falsifying documents, to present us with an enemy's version of Mary. His plot lasted years and took advantage of the disgruntled Scottish noble, James Douglas, the Earl of Morton."

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