Mary, Queen of Scots. What can be said about Mary, Queen of Scots that hasn’t been said before?
She was a wise and regal monarch whose stable government ensured a steady period of governance without scandal or revolt. Like the axe that cleaved her head from her shoulders, she divides opinion. Was she a tartar or a martyr? A naïve or a nyaff? A queen or a has-been? A wit or a - should probably stop there?
As the new Mary Queen of Scots film arrives in British cinemas this January, Norman Ferguson presents A Haverin’ History of the Scottish queen.
“...it came wi a lass, it'll gang wi a lass - (It began with a girl and will end with a girl).”James V of Scotland on his deathbed