Mary, Queen of Scots
Sunday 10 October
Lord Leycester Hospital
Mary, Queen of Scots was queen of Scotland and France, and a direct claimant for the English throne.
Mary was a great beauty, and very well educated, but was a fool for men, a failing her cousin and rival, Elizabeth of England, was careful to avoid. After being forced to flee from Scotland by her rebellious subjects, Mary was held prisoner at various properties in the Midlands and Yorkshire. She was held on four occasions at Tutbury Castle and it was the prison she hated most. It was here that she first became embroiled in the plots which were eventually to cost her life. Mary left Tutbury for the last time in December 1585, when she was moved to nearby Chartley. There she was arrested and sent to Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire, where she was executed in February 1587.
This presentation by Lesley Smith gives you a chance to meet the tragic queen during her final imprisonment at Tutbury and share her hopes and fears as her dramatic tale approaches its bitter conclusion.