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Mary, Queen of Scots - her bleakest hour?
The fourth cover in our Kings and Queen series sees us pay tribute to Mary, Queen of Scots and the ultimately doomed House of Stuarts.
Special Signed Editions
A limited number of these covers were genuinely signed by Barbara Flynn, a leading British actress who portrayed Mary, Queen of Scots in the 2005 award-winning mini series Elizabeth I. More recently she has starred in Cranford alongside Dame Judie Dench, and we feel she was the perfect signer for this cover.
Specially Designed Postmark
Our postmark design is based on Mary's own shield, and our covers are postmarked with it at Jedburgh, where Mary famously stayed stayed when gravely ill after riding 30 miles to Hermitage and back in one day to visit the love of her life, James Hepburn, The Earl of Bothwell.
The painting featuring on our cover is by Giovanni Fattori, Italian artist and leaders of the group known as the Macchiaioli. The painting shows Mary standing over the dead body of a Knight after her defeat at the hands of her Protestant half-brother James Stewart. The defeat was arguably one of the bleakest of her career, and forced her to abdicate in favour of her infant son James VI.
There's Something About Mary...
Mary Queen of Scots was Elizabeth I's beautiful, tragic cousin and main rival to the English throne. A commited catholic, she was the focus of many Catholic plots to restore the Catholic faith in England. Eventually and with much reluctance Elizabeth I executed Mary in February 1587, but Mary's son, James VI of Scotland became James I of England after Elizabeth died in 1603.
What is a first day cover?
At its most basic level, a first day cover (FDC) is an envelope bearing stamps postmarked on the first day that the stamps were issued. A cover originates from the practice of covering a letter in a separate sheet, so that it remained protected and safe from prying eyes. On the day the penny black was first issued, 1 May 1840, so emerged the very first FDC. Click here to find out more about first day covers
We're afraid the unsigned version of this cover is now completely sold out. Do you have one of these covers in good condition that you'd like to sell? We are one of the only cover company who actively buy back our own covers and sheets, so, please email Brian Austin or contact him on +44 (0)1303 278 137 to find out what price we are currently offering.
Quick Facts: Mary, Queen of Scots first day cover is a First-day Cover Issue date : 23rd March 2010
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