The 41-year-old Queen of Scots prayed aloud as she raised her ivory crucifix aloft. She disrobed, revealing her red petticoat – a Catholic symbol of martyrdom. Moments later the axe-wielding executioner would complete his grisly task.
Mary lived her life with courage and dignity worthy of a grand Catholic monarch. Such challenges to her person, and surrounded by men of devious, dastardly and vicious character would defeat those made of sterner stuff.
Only one possessed of unusual mettle and faith could have weathered these with a good and stalwart heart intact. Such was Mary, Queen of Scots.
Teresa Limjoco, MD
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