Today in the Middle Ages: June 16, 1567

The 25-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots was imprisoned in England on June 16, 1567, a few weeks before being forced to abdicate her throne.

Mary lost the support of her nobles after the death of her second husband, Lord Darnley, in February of 1567; she was widely suspected of being involved in a conspiracy to murder him. The Earl of Bothwell, the likeliest candidate for Darnley's killer, abducted her — some say with her connivance — and they were married.

The marriage provoked Mary's nobles into active rebellion, and on June 16 she surrendered her person to the lords on the condition that they let Bothwell go. She was held prisoner, first by the Scots, then by the English, for the remaining 20 years of her life.