Portrait of the Day: Mary, Queen of Scots

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13 July 2014, 12:00

Room 2

Free

  • Gallery Talk



Mary, Queen of Scots, after Nicholas Hilliard, late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century (1578?) - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

Mary, Queen of Scots
after Nicholas Hilliard
late sixteenth century or early seventeenth century (1578?)
NPG 429

As the Catholic rival to Elizabeth I, Mary was at the heart of some of the most well-known conspiracies of Elizabeth's early reign. However, her scandalous romantic life left her isolated and eventually seeking refuge with her rival when she was forced to abdicate in favour of her infant son. Her belief in her right to rule however, meant that Mary, despite being under house arrest, remained embroiled in political intrigue, finally forcing Elizabeth to order her execution. Using Mary's own letters, we will present Mary's side of the story. Talk led by Anna Cusack.

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