T. N. Foulis Ltd, 1912, Hardcover (Original Cloth), Book Condition: Very Good Condition, Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket, First Edition
One of the Foulis "Romantic Lives" series; grey end-papers; tissue-guarded, tipped-in, colour frontis. portrait of Mary Queen of Scots ; titles; lists of chapters & illustrations to front. 23 further tipped-in plates (15 in colour & 8 b/w.). Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V, was six days old when her father died and she acceded to the throne. She spent most of her childhood in France. In 1558, she married the Dauphin of France, Francis. After his death Mary returned to Scotland, arriving in 1561. Four years later, she married her first cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley and in June 1566 they had a son, James. In 1567, Darnley's residence was destroyed by an explosion, and he was found murdered in the garden. James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell, was generally believed to have orchestrated Darnley's death, but he was acquitted of the charge in April 1567, and the following month he married Mary. Following an uprising against the couple, Mary was imprisoned in Loch Leven Castle. On 24 July 1567 she was forced to abdicate in favour of her one-year-old son. After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, she fled southwards seeking the protection of her first cousin once removed, Queen Elizabeth I of England. Mary had once claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own, and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics. Perceiving her as a threat, Elizabeth had her confined in various castles and manor houses in the interior of England. After eighteen and a half years in custody, Mary was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth in 1586. She was beheaded the following year at Fotheringhay Castle. At the back are 4 pages of publisher's titles. Size: Octavo (standard book size). 204 pages. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Deckled outer & bottom edges (rough cut). Top edge gilt in good condition. Gilt titles spine & front. lacking tissue-guard to one of the illustrations (page 120). purple cloth. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilogram. Category: History; Scottish History; Royalty; Mary Stuart; Scotland; Renaissance 16thc to 17thc; Biography & Autobiography. Pictures of this item not already displayed here available upon request. Inventory No: 3946.