Mary’s French marriage
On 24 April 1558, 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots married 14-year-old Francis, Dauphin of France. Potentially this would unite the two countries. Catholics viewed Elizabeth I as the illegitimate child of Henry VIII, and so to them, Mary was not just Queen of Scotland and France, but of England as well. This placed her in conflict with Elizabeth and English Protestants.