The body of Mary Queen of Scot has been removed from Peterborough Cathedral for a devastating reason
Mary Queen of Scots went down in British history as an unfortunate Scottish queen who felt the Virgin Queen’s wrath. But there is so much more to this devastating story and his death.
The little story goes that Mary Queen of Scots, who was a cousin of Queen Elizabeth I of England, began plotting to overthrow the virgin queen and take her place on the throne. Whether it’s rumors or truth, it’s fair to say that when Elizabeth got wind of this, she wasn’t too happy.
Back in Scotland, the Scottish nobles were also not very happy with her. After marrying a man the nobles disliked, coupled with religious unrest, she was forced to abdicate and fled to England for protection in 1568.
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Here, instead of offering an olive branch, Elizabeth I had it imprisoned to prevent an uprising. She remained his prisoner for 18 years.
Mary expected Elizabeth to help her regain her Scottish throne but, after discovering apparent evidence of plots to assassinate the Queen and usurp her throne, Mary Stuart was tried in 1586 and executed.
After her beheading at Fotheringhay Castle (of which only a motte remains) just across the border in Northamptonshire, the body of the hapless Queen of Scots has been moved to Peterborough Cathedral in a short distance from the castle. Mary, however, had requested to be buried in France as she had spent the majority of her early years in the country and favored it for her fondest memories. But Queen Elizabeth refused his request.
As Peterborough Cathedral was the closest cathedral to the place of her death, she was instead transported there in a final act of disrespect. She even had a Protestant funeral despite being a devout Catholic.
But his body was not to remain at Peterborough Cathedral. Sixteen years after she was violently executed, her cousin Queen Elizabeth I died without an heir to her throne. With no other Protestants available to take the throne, Mary Queen of Scot’s son James became King of Scotland and England.
Although he was raised a Protestant after his mother’s execution and was forced to renounce love for her, he adored his mother and mourned her horrific death at the hands of his predecessor. In 1612, he decided to show his mother the respect she never received from the Queen of England.
Her body was exhumed from Peterborough Cathedral and James I ordered that she be reinterred at Westminster Abbey, in accordance with her royal status in a chapel opposite the tomb of Elizabeth I. It was a spit of defiance at Elizabeth’s grave and a show of respect for the mother he last met when he was just 10 months old.
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In 1867 Mary Stuart’s tomb was opened in an attempt to locate the final resting place of her son, James I of England, as Victorians suspected he might have been ordered to be buried with his mother after her death. However, he was eventually found buried with Henry VII (Henry VIII’s father).
Although her son was not buried with her, other descendants of her, including Elizabeth of Bohemia, Prince Rupert of the Rhine and the children of Anne, Queen of Great Britain, were buried in her vault. .