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Mary in exile: 1568
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HOW USEFUL is Source A as evidence about how Mary gave up the throne?

Does this source tell us anything useful? Can the source be believed? Decide for yourself then click your mouse on the text to reveal the answer.

Source A was written in 1969 by a modern historian, in a book about Mary's life.

There could be no legal value to a document in which Mary was forced to sign away her crown in favour of her infant son, and the regency of her half-brother. She was a prisoner on a lonely island, without any advisers, and surrounded by soldiers under the command of the new regent's own brother. Shortly afterwards, Mary fell seriously ill again.
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