How to follow in the footsteps of Mary, Queen of Scots

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Never mind Queen of Scots, surely Mary Stuart was the original Queen of Soaps? Her dramatic, disastrous life – liberally soaked in blood, ambition, political intrigue and doomed romance, is proof that poor decisions make great stories. As evidenced by director Josie Rourke’s new film exploring the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth I, hitting screens next Friday.

Mary became queen of Scotland when just six days old, was engaged at eight months, married for the first time at 15 and widowed just a year later. She saw her secretary (and, it was rumoured, lover) murdered, and was suspected of involvement in the murder of her second husband. She lost her crown (following an ill-considered third…

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