Death Mask #2 of Mary Queen of Scots

Painted Death Mask

On the right is another death mask of Mary Queen of Scots. This one is very unusual because it has been painted and dressed with a wig. Mary was noted for her remarkable beauty. She had red hair and was almost six feet tall, extremely tall for the time. Mary was only 42 when she was executed on the order of her older cousin, Queen Elizabeth Tudor of England. Elizabeth was rumored to have said that Mary won in the end because Mary had a son who would inherit both the thrones of Scotland and England while Elizabeth had never married. Tomorrow, The Price of Treason. Rita Bay

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