Mary Queen of Scots (1542-87) was beheaded at Fotheringhay Castle, Northamptonshire. Elizabeth I was reluctant to sign the death warrant of her cousin and fellow Queen. She finally relented under pressure from her advisors, although she ordered her privy councillor not to send out the warrant. Despite her orders, the warrant was sent and Mary […]
To honour the anniversary of the death of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–91), here is the most beautiful and moving of all his incredible compositions: Lacrimosa from the Requiem Mass.
Lord Darnley (1545-67), second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was murdered at the age of 21, allegedly with the complicity of his wife. Mary and Darnley were cousins and were married after the death of her first husband, Francis II of France. The match appears, at least from Mary’s side, to have been born […]