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see Mary Queen of ScotsMary Queen of Scots
(Mary Stuart), 1542–87, only child of James V of Scotland and Mary of Guise. Through her grandmother Margaret Tudor, Mary had the strongest claim to the throne of England after the children of Henry VIII.
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44) Goodall advanced the argument that the French copies of the casket letters had been translated from the Scots versions of the poems printed in Ane Detectioun, and as Scots was not the language in which Mary wrote, she could not have been their author; his thesis was attacked by David Hume and Thomas Robertson, continuing to assert Mary's authorship, but was supported by Tytler, Whitaker, and Crawford.
53) He considers the casket letters and sonnets 'the grossest forgerys', as their content clearly disturbs an idealized construction of Mary; the similar exclusion of the casket sonnets in the early anthologies of Ballard, Ritson, and Dyce is continued in later anthologies, despite a renewed interest in the casket sonnets in other studies of Mary Stuart in the nineteenth century.
The book is broken into two sections, the first dealing with crisis of 1567-68 and the second offering a detailed examination of the casket letters, their discovery, disclosure, and content.
Though MacRobert makes strenuous efforts to dimiss other parts of the Casket Letters as forgeries and fabrications, his interpretation of the crucial "long letter" largely concurs with that offered almost twenty years ago by Villius: that it probably was written (at least part of it) by Mary.
Most twentieth-century historians have recognized the unsatisfactory nature of the Casket Letters.
After the Casket Letters were revealed, the English commissioners suspended the conference for three days and consulted with Elizabeth.