mary, queen of scots
Mary, Queen of Scots was issued in June 1979, in a limited edition of 500 - (The first 10 of which were reserved for members of the Nisbet family). Mary went on sale for £44.00 ($114.00).
This magnificent doll was supplied with a small rectangular wooden table, a velvet tablecloth to drape over it, and a miniature Bible. This amazing little replica Bible measures one and three eighths inches by one and one eighth inches (35mm x 28.5mm), and is bound in a "Gold" metal binding, with "Mother of Pearl" covers. Inside, the first four books of The New Testament are actually printed, in very tiny type.
Mary, Queen of Scots, was described as beautiful, intelligent, warmhearted, quick tempered, obstinate, and wayward. Married to the Dauphin of France at 18, she became Queen of France shortly afterwards, but returned to Scotland after her husband's death at an early age. She had become Queen of Scotland at one week old, following the death of her father, and was also an heiress to the English Throne, as next of kin to Elizabeth Tudor. On her return to Scotland, she found the nobles unruly, and her Catholic faith brought her into conflict with the Presbyterian Church. She married her cousin, Lord Darnley, who was murdered, with suspicion for his death falling on Mary, and on Lord Bothwell, who she subsequently married. The Scottish nobles revolted, Mary was imprisoned in Lochleven Castle, and her son was proclaimed King. She escaped to England, but Queen Elizabeth I saw her as a threat, and imprisoned her in Fotheringay Castle for 19 years, finally having her executed on a charge of high treason.