She was judged to be guilty. While Mary was imprisoned, Elizabeth privately wrote to her guardian, pleading with him to gently murder her cousin; he refused. Mary spent her last night, February 7, 1587, praying and penning farewell messages. Her final letter was sent to her ex-brother-in-law, Henry III of France. It is believed that she died alone in a cell at the age of 36.
Her first two husbands died, and she was charged with the murder of the third. She was imprisoned after being forced to abdicate. She managed to go to England in 1568, where she sought protection from Elizabeth. Now that Mary was in the nation, her threat to Elizabeth became more immediate. Therefore, it made sense for Elizabeth to show Mary some leniency in exchange for her support against Spain.
Another reason is that when she was sixteen years old, Mary's father, King James VI, declared his intention to marry his eighteen-year-old mistress, Anne of Denmark. This marriage would have united the kingdoms of Scotland and Denmark into one powerful state. It also would have left Mary without a throne. So she decided to find one elsewhere.
Finally, it can be said that Mary wanted better treatment than what she was receiving as Queen of Scots. Her first husband, Francis II, had only married her to strengthen his own claim to the Scottish throne. As soon as he died, she was forced to flee from France, where she was well treated, to England, where she was not.
She also needed help fighting off the attempts by her third husband, Henry VIII, to divorce her so that he could marry another woman. If Mary failed to provide this support, then Elizabeth might choose not to protect her.
Mary was tried and convicted guilty of conspiring to murder Elizabeth. Elizabeth's counselors rushed Mary's death because they feared Elizabeth would not have the guts to murder a fellow queen, let alone her cousin. Mary, Queen of Scots, was executed for treason against the English monarchy on February 8, 1587.
Queen Elizabeth I imprisoned her relative, Mary, Queen of Scots, in England for over 20 years until ordering her death in 1587.
During Mary's reign, there were several attempts to assassinate Mary and install Elizabeth on the throne. Mary, understandably, suspected Elizabeth was involved and imprisoned her (Liz would later do the same to Mary, Queen of Scots, who was famously killed for treason, but that's another tale).
During the reign of her half-sister, Mary I, she was imprisoned in the Tower of London and later placed under house arrest (also known as Bloody Mary). This occurred because Mary was Catholic and married Phillip II of Spain, a Catholic ruler who was disliked by the English.
Whether true or not, the coffin letters had the potential to cause Mary pain. Mary was eventually imprisoned for over 19 years before being found guilty of plotting to murder Elizabeth and take her crown. In 1587, she was beheaded. Her letters were vanished by then. However, it is known that some of them were read at her trial and they are still in existence today.
The first letter is said to have been written on the day of her arrest. It begins "Dear Sister," and goes on to tell her husband that she is alive and well. The second letter was written from Loch Leven Castle, where she was held captive. It says much the same thing as the first but also mentions that she has been treated well by her guards. The third letter was written from another prison called Hockley Manor. It tells Mary's mother that Mary is alive and asks for help getting out of Scotland because "they" want to kill her too.
Mary's mother sent a messenger to see if the message could be delivered in person but he returned without having met with any success. The fourth letter was written two months later from another prison called Blackness Castle. It says much the same thing as the previous one but this time there is no mention of anyone trying to kill her.
February 8, 1587 The verdict was accepted by Parliament, and Queen Elizabeth was sentenced to death. Elizabeth agonized and dallied for four months before signing Mary's death warrant in Greenwich. On February 8, 1587, Mary was executed at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire. She was 46 years old.
The marriage between Mary, Queen of Scots, and Lord Darnley was not happy. Mary was deeply in love with Francis, Duke of Guise, but he refused to marry her. So she married Darnley, who had been chosen by the English government as her husband. But the marriage only lasted a few months because Darnley was murdered in June 1567. Mary was accused of having him killed, but she was never convicted. After Darnley's murder, Mary went into exile in France.
During her exile, she gave birth to a son who was named James after his father King James VI of Scotland. When Mary returned from exile in 1568, she was determined to have her son succeed her as king. But Elizabeth would have none of it. They came close to war over the issue, but in the end, both parties agreed to a treaty whereby Mary surrendered her son to Elizabeth's care. Mary was forced to sign her son away and never saw him again. Her daughter-in-law Elizabeth also showed no affection toward the young prince.
She was a clear contender to succeed Elizabeth as Queen of England. Mary was tried for treason after being suspected of being part in a scheme to assassinate Elizabeth so that she might succeed her as Queen of England. Her sentence was to be hanged, drawn and quartered but she was saved by the intervention of Elizabeth's chief minister William Cecil.
She had been married to Henry VIII but the marriage had produced no children. When Mary married Francis II she became his heir presumptive but when he died she lost this status. Mary now sought to restore her relationship with Elizabeth by offering her marriage but Elizabeth refused even to discuss the idea. Enraged by this rejection, Mary decided to seek the help of King Philip II of Spain who was interested in expanding his influence in England. Together they would fight against Elizabeth's claim to the English throne.
Mary started planning her escape from Scotland but was betrayed to English agents by her own secretary David Rizzio. They arrested her at Flodden Field where she was meeting her husband Francis II. He was also executed. After nine months on trial Mary was found guilty and sentenced to death. However, before she could be executed she escaped from Edinburgh Castle disguised as a man.
Her life was now in danger again and she fled to France where she hoped to find support from King Louis XIII.