Mary Queen of Scots Execution
Updated: 1/11/2020
Mary Queen of Scots Execution
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  • Tell my friends that I died a true woman to my religion, and like a true Scottish woman and a true French woman.
  • Gasp!
  • Gasp!
  • Inmanus tuas, Domine, Inmanus tuas, Domine
  • Around 8am on 8 February 1587, Mary Queen of Scots was led to the scaffold in the great hall of Fotheringhay Castle.
  • There was a gasp as Mary removed her black dress to reveal a red petticoat that symbolised Catholic martyrdom. Mary believed that she was dying for her faith.
  • Mary knelt by the block. A cloth was tied across her eyes.
  • Mary , Queen of Scots
  • The executioner placed a hand on Mary for a moment then cut off her head with two blows of his axe. When he raised up her head, the head fell and he was left holding a wig. Her grey hair was cut short to her scalp.
  • There was some movement from the body, and Mary’s small dog was found hiding under the dead queen’s skirts, soaked in her blood.
  • Mary’s blood stained clothes were burned and she was laid to rest in Peterborough Cathedral.
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