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Trial of Mary Queen of Scots: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

Trial of Mary Queen of Scots: A Brief History with Documents / Edition 1

by Jayne Elizabeth Lewis


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The treason trial and execution of Mary Queen of Scots in 1586 constitutes a crucial moment in the history of Tudor England. Focusing on the conflict between Mary and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, this brief narrative with documents explores a variety of important themes in English history, including issues of religion, nationality, sovereignty, gender, and the legitimacy of female rule. An extensive introduction discusses the trial and the events that precipitated it and offers relevant background on the political and religious history of sixteenth-century England. Nine primary documents — including treatises on queenship, the trial record, Elizabeth’s speeches to Parliament, letters between Mary and Elizabeth, and accounts of the trial by contemporaries — immerse students in the debates and controversies surrounding the two rivals and the trial. Explanatory headnotes to the documents, images, a chronology, questions for consideration, a bibliography, and an index are also included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312154394
Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date: 10/15/1998
Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 138
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.31(d)

About the Author

Jayne Elizabeth Lewis (Ph.D., Princeton University) is associate professor of English literature at UCLA. Her work includes The English Fable: Aesop and Literary Culture, 1651-1740 (1996) and the forthcoming Mary Queen of Scots: Romance and Nation, as well as numerous articles on eighteenth-century British literature and culture.

Table of Contents



PART ONE. Introduction: Two Queens and a Crown

The Road to Fotheringay

The Trial of Mary Queen of Scots


PART TWO. The Documents

1. John Knox, The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1558)

2. George Buchanan, Ane Detection of the Doings of Mary Queen of Scots (1571)

3. John Leslie, Bishop of Ross, A Defence of the Honour of…Marie (1569)

4. Mary Stuart and Elizabeth Tudor, Letters (1569-1587)

5. The Bond of Association (1584)

6. Record of the State Trial of Mary Queen of Scots (1586)

7. Elizabeth Tudor, Speeches to Parliament (1586)

8. Robert Wyngfield, A Circumstantial Account of the Execution of Mary Queen of Scots (1587)

9. Adam Blackwood, The History of Mary Queen of Scots (1587)


A Mary Queen of Scots Chronology (1542-1587)

Questions for Consideration

Selected Bibliography


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