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A highly attractive pair of Sterling Silver Stud Earrings, with a design based on the romantic and tragic life of Mary Queen of Scots.
Mary spent her formative years at the French Court, then the richest and most opulent in the western world. She was betrothed to the Dauphine (Crown Prince) of France, Francis, and married him, aged only 15, in a glittering ceremony in Notre Dame Cathedral. She is described as… ‘a hundred times more beautiful than a goddess of heaven …her person alone was worth a kingdom". The following year, aged 16, Mary's husband ascends the throne of France and Mary becomes Queen of France (as well as Queen of Scotland).
To honour this hugely important period of her life, these stunning stud earrings features the Fleur De Lis, the emblem particularly associated with the French monarchy.
These beautiful earrings will delight lovers of all things Scottish, and the romantic and tragic tale that was Mary Queen of Scots, and will make an ideal gift and a lasting momento for yourself or someone you love.
Crafted entirely of 925 sterling silver, they are despatched to you, direct from Scotland in an attractive black and gold gift box.
Mary Queen of Scots is, arguably, Scotland's most famous monarch. Her short, tempestuous life encompassed more drama, romance and tragedy than even a modern day romantic novelist could envisage.
A tall, strikingly beautiful woman, by the age of only seventeen she had already been Queen of Scotland, engaged to the Crown Prince of England, married to the King of France (then one of the wealthiest countries on earth) orphaned and widowed!
Read more about her fantastic story at our blog - 'Today In The Royal Mile'.
Size (approx) - 12.0mm x 9.0mm.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS
Mary, Queen of Scots is one of the most romantic figures in Scottish history.
Mary was only six days old when her father, King James V died and she acceded to the throne. She spent most of her childhood in France and in 1558, married the Dauphin of France, Francis.
He ascended the French throne as King Francis II in 1559, and Mary briefly became Queen of France, until his death in December 1560.
Widowed, Mary returned to Scotland and in 1564 married her first cousin, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. Their union was unhappy and in 1567 his residence was destroyed by an explosion, with Darnley being found murdered in the garden.
James Hepburn, Earl of Bothwell, was generally believed to have orchestrated Darnley's death, but was acquitted of the charge and the following month he married Mary. Following an uprising against the couple, Mary was forced to abdicate in favour of James VI, her one-year-old son by Darnley.
After an unsuccessful attempt to regain the throne, Mary fled to England seeking the protection of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I.Mary had previously claimed Elizabeth's throne as her own and was considered the legitimate sovereign of England by many English Catholics. Perceiving her as a threat, Elizabeth had her confined in various castles. After eighteen and a half years in custody, Mary was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Elizabeth, and beheaded.
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