A talk by Dr Amy Blakeway: The early years of Mary, Queen of Scots: War, Disruption, Reconstruction and Reformation.

Mary Queen of Scots came to the throne aged six days old. Immediately, Scotland was plunged into war against Henry VIII of England seeking to marry her to his son, the future Edward VI, and convert Catholic Scotland to his new English brand of Protestantism. Whilst the drama of war over Mary’s marriage is well known, the impact of the largest Tudor invasion on the people of Scotland is often forgotten. Sharing unpublished stories of ordinary Scots, found in archives from Aberdeen to Peebles, this talk shows how the war affected Scotland and the Scots, and how the devastation caused by war ironically contributed to Scotland’s religious conversion to the very Protestantism it had resisted so fiercely.


Join the Orkney Heritage Society and Institute for Northern Studies (University of the Highlands and Islands) on the evening of Thursday 28 March (6.30-8pm) in the main lecture theatre of UHI Orkney for this fascinating paper and Q&A.


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