History of Leith, Edinburgh

December 28, 2011

Defiance and fear of Mary Queen of Scots revealed in letter to Vatican sent months before execution

Mary sent letter begging for her life to Sixtus V
It is now among 100 of the most historically significant items due to go on display in Rome
She wrote the missive from her prison cell at Fotheringay Castle, Northamptonshire
Written in French she asks for forgiveness for her sins but also speaks out against falsehoods

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