Elizabeth and Mary wrote to each other many times, but never met face-to-face. Their opinions of each other were based mainly on gossip from others. The above painting depicts Mary as a young girl. Take a look closer at some of the portraits and art surrounding Mary>>
The cat fight that ended on the scaffold.
In 1587, Elizabeth signed Mary's death warrant (above) convicting her of treason. Mary was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle on February 8, 1587. Mary knew that her execution would shock the rest of the world. At her trial she said, “Remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.” Elizabeth did not need the warning. She was very aware that Mary's execution would cause the world to choose sides. Ironically, it still does today.
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