Editors. "Enquiry into conduct of Mary Queen of Scots reopens at Westminster". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=15085, accessed 21 December 2014.]
Having faced rebellion from her nobles in Scotland, Mary Queen of Scots fled southwards across the border, where she went into English custody. In October an enquiry had been held 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. In November the enquiry reopened at Westminster, and the commissioners of James VI assert that the collection of Casket Letters between Mary and Bothwell serve as proof of her guilt.
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