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Offline LouisFerdinand

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Re: Mary, Queen of Scots: Articles & General Chat
« Reply #175 on: December 07, 2017, 04:05:08 AM »
In 1566 if Mary, Queen of Scots had gone to France instead of England, what would her chances have been to be restored to the Scottish throne?

 


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« Reply #176 on: December 07, 2017, 05:15:20 AM »
That would have depended upon the French King weighing up whether he wished to get involved in a foreign war or not, as an inevitable result of a successful appeal by Mary would result in an invasion of Scotland in which England would have inevitably interfered.

If her appeals had been unsuccessful then Mary could have been cooped up at the French Court for years without much money and with fading hopes. Would it have been better than being imprisoned in England for years and then being executed? Probably.

However, if restored to her throne with French help Mary could have ended up a puppet Queen, a hostage to French foreign policy, which in itself would have been a cause of huge resentment to her subjects. Let's not forget, Mary had made some pretty disastrous decisions as monarch and had left her country in chaos. Any restoration would be at a huge cost.
 
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