On the death of James V in 1542, the six-day old Mary Stuart became Queen of Scotland. Henry VIII of England wanted her to marry his son and set about trying to make this happen. However, Scotland formed a new alliance with France and Mary became engaged to Francois II.

First broadcast:
8 December 2008

Students can use this clip to study the early life of Mary Queen of Scots, and her importance to the futures of Scotland, England and France. Compare Henry's combined campaign of diplomacy and military might with modern equivalents.