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.

First broadcast:
25 January 2002

This clip could be used as part of an on-going study of the reasons why Mary was a threat to Elizabeth and why ultimately she had to be eliminated in order to maintain the Elizabethan monarchy. This clip could also be used as part of an enquiry into the on-going struggle between Protestantism and Catholicism in 16th century England.