Response to Would You Have Survived The Renaissance?:
I’m going to be that person…but that little factoid about Elizabeth and Mary of Scots was extremely reductive. Yes, Mary was kept under house arrest in England for 19 years because she fled Scotland for England, and her imprisonment and eventual execution was something that Elizabeth struggled with and strongly resisted for the duration of those 19 years. Elizabeth didn’t just decide to lock her up and have her killed. Mary was a threat to Elizabeth’s throne and physical well-being, and if she hadn’t tried to have the Queen killed in order to secure the throne of England for herself, she might have lived in relative comfort into old age. Elizabeth did some things that were kind of shitty in order to survive, but killing Mary of Scots was 1. not her thing and 2. totally necessary.