Mary Queen of Scots and the Casket Letters

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I.B.Tauris, Oct 4, 2002 - History - 235 pages
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Mary Queen of Scots was a romantic and tragic figure. The story of the ‘Casket Letters’ adds richly to the enigma and mystery – eight letters, a love sonnet and two contracts, allegedly written by Mary to her lover, implicated Mary in her husband's murder and ‘proved’ her adultery. This forensic re-examination of the controversy, the latest historiography, and the huge literature it has generated together with an accessible presentation of the ‘Letters’, is a detailed and powerful study for both scholar and general reader and illuminates sharply the dramatic events leading to Mary’s imprisonment and eventual execution.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Fact
7
Conjecture
17
Theory Possible conspiracies
64
The Discovery and Disclosure of the Casket Letters
87
A Study of the Casket Letters
107
Letter I
113
Letter II
116
Letter VIII
140
The Marriage Contracts
143
The Sonnets
146
An Assessment of the Casket Letters
149
Marys Own Version
154
Texts of the eight Casket Letters
163
Texts of the Marriage Contracts
193
Texts of the Sonnets
196

Letter III
131
Letter IV
132
Letter V
135
Letter VI
136
Letter VII
138
Extracts from the Casket Letters sent to Queen Elizabeth from New York in October 1568
205
Notes
208
Index
231
Copyright

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A.E. MacRobert is a researcher and writer of history.

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