The Tragic Queen: Dynastic Loyalty and the ‘Queenships’ of Mary Queen of Scots

Part of the Queenship and Power book series (QAP)


Over the course of her tumultuous and ultimately tragic career, many of the momentous decisions made by Mary Queen of Scots (1542–1587) were motivated by dynastic concerns. A direct descendant of Henry VII of England, Mary was born regnant Queen of Scotland. After spending her childhood in France, where she became queen consort, Mary went to Scotland in 1561, after her first husband’s death, to rule Scotland and entangle herself into the succession of the English crown, as Elizabeth I, the last of the Tudors, did not marry and bear heirs, making the Catholic Mary Elizabeth’s closest dynastic heir. Beem argues that Mary’s marriage choices and flight to England in 1568 were motivated primarily by her quest to realize her English inheritance.


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  1. 1.University of North Carolina at PembrokePembrokeUSA

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