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Mary and Francis's Wedding
Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Date: 29 July 1565
In Honour of: Queen Mary
Lord Francis
In Attendance: Queen Catherine of France

Lord James
Lord Bothwell
Lady Lennox
Lady Greer
David Rizzio

Episode: Pulling Strings
Description: Celebrting the union between House Tudor andStuart

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The Wedding of Mary and Darnley took place in Scotland in early Spring in the year 1565.


Of the arriving guest to witness Mary and Darnley's Catholic wedding, few are as important as Lucrezia de' Medici. She lends legitimacy and strength both to Queen Mary's Scottish rule and Queen Mary and Lord Darnley's joint claims to the English Throne.

However, after Lord Darnley jokingly insulted King Francis, Lucrezia withdrew her support and set sail for the following day back to Florence. Mary was very upset over this, because if the Duchess left, she took her support and the promise of funding with her. Lucrezia agreed to reconsider if she was given the lands belonging to Lord Theodore Davies. The lands were quite valuable, and come with a title, The Earldom of Menteith. Only with this exchange would she continue supporting Mary's rule.

After a day of misadventures, Queen Mary and Lord Bothwell were able to acquiring the Davies Estate' papers. With that, Lucrezia was pleased to continue the alliance between Florence and Scotland.

The wedding was rushed as Mary Stuart needed a husband, and Lord Darnley was both English and from the House of Tudor.

Mary and Darnley were married in a small celebration at Holyrood Palace. With Queen Catherine in attendance representing the Kingdom of France, showing their union for this Mary's sake.


Historical Notes