Elizabeth the Great - Study Guide Chapter 11 Summary & Analysis

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The Protestant lords in Scotland and Queen Mary have had enough of Lord Darnley. Mary refuses to divorce him, so they blow up the house in which he is sleeping. When news of this reaches Elizabeth, she has the locks changed on the doors of her Privy Chamber and bedroom. Queen Mary takes up with the Earl of Bothwell, who is found "not guilty" of Lord Darnley's murder, stages an abduction of Mary, somehow obtains a divorce from his wife and marries Mary with Protestant rites. Mary's political importance is gone in Europe, and her activities are quite a spectacle. She seeks refuge in England, miscarries twin girls and abdicates the Scottish Throne. Her son James becomes King of Scotland at thirteen months old. Mary and her entourage land at Workington, England, and she writes Elizabeth demanding clothing suitable to her position. Elizabeth is incapable...

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