Lead: Into the burgeoning turmoil that was Scotland in the 1560s Mary Stuart, recently widowed Queen of France, returned to claim her rights as Queen of the Scots.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: As a young child Mary was sent to France to be educated and groomed in the French royal household. In 1558 she married Francis, the Dauphin of France, the heir to the French throne. When his father, King Henry II died in a hunting accident, Mary became the Queen of France. When Francis died suddenly 18 months later, Mary was left with a choice, to remain in Paris, a foreigner and a has-been, or return to Edinburgh. The thought of exchanging the sparkling social and intellectual life of Paris for the dreary isolation of Scotland must have been daunting, but Mary had a daring streak in her and Scotland loomed on a horizon filled with opportunity.

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