Editors. "York Conference into the conduct of Mary Queen of Scots opens". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=15084, accessed 27 November 2014.]
Having faced rebellion from her nobles in Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots flees southwards across the border, where she goes into English custody. In October an enquiry opens at York to try to establish whether she is guilty of her husband Lord Darnley's murder. This exercise was less targeted at uncovering the truth behind his death, and more designed as a political display: Queen Elizabeth was uncertain as to the best way to approach her fellow monarch.
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