The history of Scotland, during the reigns of Queen Mary and of King James VI.: Until his accession to the crown of England: with a review of the Scottish history previous to that period: and an appendix containing original papers, Volume 2
Published by J. Bioren and T. L. Plowman, A. Fagan, Printer, 1811 - Scotland
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Page 39 - Macgill, and Buchanan, to wait upon the Duke of Norfolk, the Earl of Sussex, and Sir Ralph Sadler, and...
Page 94 - Those very qualities, however, which now render his character less amiable, fitted him to be the instrument of Providence for advancing the Reformation among a fierce people, and enabled him to face dangers, and to surmount opposition, from which a person of a more gentle spirit would have been apt to shrink back.
Page 154 - That if any rebellion shall be ex" cited in the kingdom, or any thing attempted to the hurt *' of her majesty's person, by or for any person pretending " a title to the crown, the queen shall empower twenty-four " persons, by a commission under the great seal, to examine
Page 189 - With regard to the queen's person, a circumstance not to be omitted in writing the history of a female reign, all contemporary authors agree in ascribing to Mary the utmost beauty of countenance, and elegance of shape, of which the human form is capable. Her hair was black, though, according to the fashion of that age, she frequently wore borrowed locks, and of different colours. Her eyes were a dark grey ; her complexion was exquisitely fine ; and her hands and arms remarkably delicate, both as...
Page 302 - ... herself; for that they discourse of some things, which were unknown to any other than to herself and Bothwell ; and as it is hard to counterfeit so many, so the matter of them, and the manner how these men came by them is such, as it seemeth that God, in whose sight murder and bloodshed of the innocent is abominable, would not permit the same to be hid or concealed.
Page 293 - ... deep grief and sorrow; nor does it seem possible to make her forget the same. Still she repeats these words,
Page 273 - The nobles exhausting their fortunes by the expense of frequent attendance upon the English court, and by attempts to imitate the manners and luxury of their more wealthy neighbours, multiplied exactions upon the people, who durst hardly utter complaints which they knew would never reach the ear of their sovereign, nor move him to grant them any redress.
Page 384 - ... nor will not consent by any persuasion to abandon the lord Bothwell for her husband, but avoweth constantly that she will live and die with him; and saith, that if it were put to her choice to relinquish her crown and kingdom, or the lord Bothwell, she would leave her kingdom and dignity to go a simple damsel with him, and that she will never consent that he shall fare worse, or have more harm than herself.
Page 188 - To all the charms of beauty, and the utmost elegance of external form, she added those accomplishments which render their impression irresistible. Polite, affable, insinuating, sprightly, and capable of speaking and of writing with equal ease and dignity.
Page 272 - James acquired such an immense accession of wealth, of power, and of splendour, that the nobles, astonished and intimidated, thought it vain to struggle for privileges which they were now unable to defend. Nor was it from fear alone that they submitted to the yoke : James, partial to his countrymen, and willing that they should partake in his good fortune, loaded them with riches and honours; and the hope of his favour concurred with the dread of his power, in taming their fierce and independent...