Dawn of the codebreakers: the Babington Plot and the death of Queen Mary

On February 8th 1587, at Fotheringhay Castle in Staffordshire, the last Stuart Queen, Mary Queen of Scots, was beheaded. It represented the end of a twenty-year exile from her kingdom and more than eighteen years in captivity. In that time she had represented a constant threat to the reign of her cousin Elizabeth, the Protestant Queen of England.

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