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This exhibition is a re-appraisal of one of the greatest figures of British History, the charismatic, yet also enigmatic Mary Queen of Scots.
Flemish School, Blairs Memorial Portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots, c.1600
Courtesy Blairs Museum
This is the largest exhibition ever held about the tragic Scottish queen and incorporates loans from across the world, in order to shed some light on this most mysterious person. From her early days in France to her enforced incarceration by Elizabeth I, little is really known about the mother of James I.
Her life was embroiled in scandal and intrigue, in particular the death of her husband Lord Darnley. Was she a murdering adulteress, scheming with a group of treacherous cohorts or a Catholic martyr? Through international loans of paintings, letters, objects and jewelry, this exhibition attempts to uncover the truth.
A memorial painting of Mary Queen of Scots dressed in the clothes she was wearing the day of her execution and holding a cross in her right hand. In the background is the scene of Mary on the scaffold, the executioner lifting his axe and the inhabitants of Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire surrounding her.
There are also jewels she gave away before her death to her supporters and friends, revealing a woman with a voracious appetite for fine jewelry and stones.