Mary Queen Of Scots and the Archaeology Of Sheffield Castle — 2 Comments

  1. I wish people would stop calling Mary Stuart a “prisoner” whilst in Sheffield.
    She was no prisoner, but in protective custody. The same as any person who’s life was in danger from a modern day trial. She asked for this protection too!
    Yes it would have seemed like being a prisoner, but that’s what anyone would have said even these days if they HAD to have guards around them all the time.
    Technically speaking she wasn’t even a Queen anymore. She had resigned. However Queen Elizabeth and the English Court did not except that resignation on the grounds it seemed forced.
    Mary did finally become a prisoner after the Babbington plot, she stood trail after the court had ruled that she was a “private” woman and not a Queen.

    Calling her a prisoner reduces the status of both Sheffield Castle and the Manor (especially) since that was rebuilt to house her staff. If you want to call her Queen, then they are Royal Palaces fit for a Queen to live in.

  2. The only tangible artifacts ever discovered regarding Mary in Sheffield are two letters written in 1571 by her secretary dictated by her and signed Marie R in her own hand.They are addressed to the Laird of Barnbarroch written when she was lodged in Sheffield Castle.Both are preserved in Sheffield Archives.

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