Who are you in the Scotland of Mary, Queen of Scots?

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No Scottish monarch retains quite the same popular appeal as Queen Mary I (r.1542-67). Ruling during one of the most tumultuous periods in Scottish History, her reign encompassed profound changes, particularly in the religious sphere, that saw Scotland briefly thrust to the forefront of European affairs. But what Mary is probably best remembered for is the intense (and intensely human) drama of her personal rule, that brief period between 1561 and 1567 when, having grown up mostly in France, she was back in Scotland and personally running the kingdom. Over a breathless span of less than six years, the young and charismatic Queen came close to complete mastery over the country, before being dramatically felled by a combination of bad luck, bad judgement, and vicious factional rivalry, all mixed up with a liberal dose of disquiet about the very idea of female kingship.

But how would you have responded if you had been a participant in the drama of Mary's personal rule? Which of the key players in Marian Scotland do you most resemble? This quiz, brought to you by the University of Dundee's Centre for Scottish Culture, in partnership with History Scotland magazine, will allow you to find out. Would how have been a Marian loyalist? Or one of the Queen's unbending opponents among the so-called 'Confederate Lords'? Or perhaps you would have been Mary herself. There is only one way to know...

Created by: Dr Allan Kennedy of Centre for Scottish Culture, Dundee
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  1. What is your feeling about Queen Mary's return to Scotland in 1561, after more than a decade spent overseas in France?
  2. Is it right that the Queen was permitted to worship privately as a Catholic, even though Scotland was now a Protestant country?
  3. How important is it for the Queen to pursue a policy of amity with England?
  4. Was the Queen right to crush the Catholic Earl of Huntly's revolt in 1562?
  5. How do you feel about the Queen's marriage in 1565 to Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley?
  6. What is your view on the murder in 1566 of the Queen's favourite David Rizzio, envisaged by the perpetrators as the first step in a coup against her?
  7. What is your feeling about the murder in 1567 of the Queen's husband, Henry, Lord Darnley?
  8. How do you feel about the Queen's marriage to James, Earl of Bothwell, following his (possibly staged) abduction and rape of her?
  9. Was it right to force Mary to abdicate her throne in 1567?
  10. Which side are you on in the Marian Civil War (1568-73), which pitted the 'Queen's Men', supporters of Mary I, with the 'King's Men', supporters of the infant James VI?

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