Mary, Queen of Scots & Elizabeth's feelings about her
On February 8, 1587 - Mary, Queen of Scots was executed (For further info about Mary, Queen of Scots, click here)
Video: Life & Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
What do you think Elizabeth's real feelings were towards Mary,Queen of Scots (Question was from one of my Facebook followers)
never knows the real feelings of someone, especially from centuries
ago, nonetheless a Queen/King; especially Elizabeth I. However, based
on my knowledge with watching
documentaries, Tudor Movies, books, etc.; I believe that Elizabeth had a
mixture of feelings toward her cousin, Mary Queen of Scots (MQOS).
Feelings such as: caring, jealous, fear, ignorant, pitied & most of
all - undecided.
Elizabeth cared for MQOS, naturally because they were
cousins and that MQOS was an anointed Queen, as she had royal blood.
Elizabeth, never stated so, but she was jealous of MQOS. She was
jealous of MQOS for 2 main reasons: she married the man she loved &
had a son.
Elizabeth feared MQOS because she was the Catholic hero.
Those individuals and nations that were against the Protestant England
wanted a Catholic ruler of England; that individual was MQOS. The most
powerful nation that believed in the Catholic cause and wanted MQOS to
rule over England was Spain. If MQOS was executed, more then likely,
Spain would attach England.
MQOS was ignorant because she was under
house watch in England for years and she would pass coded messages to
her followers. Eventually, one of those messages gave the order to have
Elizabeth murdered. Surely, MQOS knew that Elizabeth’s counsel was
watching her everyday moves.
Elizabeth pitied MQOS because she had to
leave Scotland when her Son was born and the only place that she could
think of safety, was England. She was under house watch in England for
about 20 years. In addition, Mary’s Son was King of Scotland and
practically did nothing for his Mother.
Elizabeth was undecided because
she wasn’t sure if MQOS should be executed for treason. Yes, MQOS was
found guilty for high treason; but should an anointed Queen be executed.
Elizabeth could not figure this out. She signed for the execution of
MQOS but then ordered it not to be delivered to her Privy Counsel.
Elizabeth did not want her cousin’s blood blamed on her, so in her
belief, MQOS was the council’s blood, not Elizabeth’s.