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Letter from Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Norris on the escape of Mary, Queen of Scots, into England

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Letter from Elizabeth I to Sir Henry Norris on the escape of Mary, Queen of Scots, into England

Author
Elizabeth I
Date
23 May 1568
Medium
Manuscript

Sir Henry Norris's embassy to the French court coincided with the downfall of Mary, Queen of Scots, who had fled into England on 16 May 1568 (Guy, Mary Queen of Scots, p. 369). Mary was the widow of Francis II of France and Elizabeth I feared the prospect of French military intervention to restore her cousin to the Scottish throne. In this letter, Elizabeth instructs Norris to warn the French King, Charles IX, that "we cannot indure with out greate Suspition of will towards ourselfe, that any strange force should Come into Scotland."

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