The Last Letter of Mary Queen of Scots

82417-004-27F2604A“Tonight, after dinner, I have been advised of my sentence: I am to be executed like a criminal at eight in the morning,” began Mary Queen of Scots on a cold February morning in 1587. 

Her final letter will be on display until Sept 21 at the National Library of Scotland to promote a new visitors’ center and allow the public a chance to see rare treasures tucked away in the library’s vaults.

The letter, which will likely not emerge again to the public in a long time, was written to the King of France.  Mary complains she had been deprived of her papers with which to make a will and  asked the French king to pay the wages and pensions of her servants.

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