Not Guilty

Little more than 338 years after the execution of Mary Queen of Scots** at Fotheringhay Castle, Ainsworth Mitchell, Home Office criminologist, came to the conclusion that the letters written to Babington expressing approval of a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth were not written by Mary but by her secretary and betrayer, William Maitland of Lethington.

The discovery of the letters by Walsingham caused Mary's trial for treason; but she refused to answer before the court, saying that, as a crowned Queen, she was not a subject...

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