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Life of Mary Queen of Scots, Volume II (of 2)   By:

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Just Published, 3 Vols. post 8vo, Price 1l. 4s. boards,

THE LAIRDS OF FIFE.

VELUTI IN SPECULUM.

PRINTED FOR CONSTABLE & CO., EDINBURGH; AND HURST, CHANCE & CO., LONDON.

LIFE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

VOL. II.

CONSTABLE'S MISCELLANY OF Original and Selected Publications IN THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS OF LITERATURE SCIENCE, & THE ARTS.

VOL. XXV.

LIFE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS, VOL. II.

[Illustration: LOCHLEVEN CASTLE.

Drawn by W. Brown Engraved by W. Miller]

EDINBURGH: PRINTED FOR CONSTABLE & CO. EDINBURGH: AND HURST, CHANCE & CO. LONDON.

1828.

LIFE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

BY HENRY GLASSFORD BELL, ESQ.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

"AYEZ MEMOIRE DE L'AME ET DE L'HONNEUR DE CELLE QUI A ESTE VOTRE ROYNE." Mary's own Words.

EDINBURGH: PRINTED FOR CONSTABLE & CO. EDINBURGH; AND HURST, CHANCE & CO. LONDON.

1828.

CONTENTS OF VOL. II.

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CHAPTER I. The Proposal of a Divorce between Mary and Darnley, and the Christening of James VI 1

CHAPTER II. Occurrences immediately preceding Darnley's Death 19

CHAPTER III. The Death of Darnley 37

CHAPTER IV. Bothwell's Trial and Acquittal 55

CHAPTER V. Bothwell's Seizure of the Queen's Person, and subsequent Marriage to her 77

CHAPTER VI. The Rebellion of the Nobles, the Meeting at Carberry Hill, and its Consequences 99

CHAPTER VII. Mary at Loch Leven, her Abdication, and Murray's Regency 120

CHAPTER VIII. Mary's Escape from Loch Leven, and the Battle of Langside 147

CHAPTER IX. Mary's Reception in England, and the Conferences at York and Westminster 161

CHAPTER X. Mary's Eighteen Years' Captivity 191

CHAPTER XI. Mary's Trial and Condemnation 219

CHAPTER XII. Mary's Death, and Character 245

An Examination of the Letters, Sonnets, and other Writings, adduced in Evidence against Mary Queen of Scots 267

Addendum 335

ERRATA IN VOL. I.

Preface, p. v, for " eminent ," read " imminent ."

Page 104, for " On the 25th of August 1561, Mary sailed out of the harbour of Calais ," read " on the 15th of August ," &c.

Page 155, for " knapsack ," read " knapscap ."

LIFE OF MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS.

CHAPTER I.

THE PROPOSAL OF A DIVORCE BETWEEN MARY AND DARNLEY, AND THE CHRISTENING OF JAMES VI.

It was in December 1566, during Mary's residence at Craigmillar, that a proposal was made to her by her Privy Council, which deserves particular attention. It originated with the Earl of Bothwell, who was now an active Cabinet Minister and Officer of State. Murray and Darnley, the only two persons in her kingdom to whom Mary had been willing to surrender, in a great degree, the reins of government, had deceived her; and finding her interests betrayed by them, she knew not where to look for an adviser. Rizzio had been faithful to her, and to him she listened with some deference; but it was impossible that he could ever have supplied the place of a Prime Minister. The Earl of Morton was not destitute of ambition sufficient to have made him aspire to that office; but he chose, unfortunately for himself, to risk his advancement in espousing Darnley's cause, in opposition to the Queen. Both, in consequence, fell into suspicion; Morton was banished from Court, and Murray again made his appearance there. But, though she still had a partiality for her brother, Mary could not now trust him, as she had once done... Continue reading book >>




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