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After three months, she allowed herself to be married off to Bothwell, the chief suspect, after he abducted and ravished her.
Mary’s former pretensions to the English throne had incurred Elizabeth’s hostility.
She refused to acknowledge Mary as her heiress, however much Mary, nothing if not royal by temperament, prized her English rights.
While Mary herself was a Roman Catholic, the official religion of Scotland had been reformed to Protestantism in her absence, and she thus represented to many, including the leading Calvinist preacher John Knox, a foreign queen of an alien religion.
After a brief fling of liberty the following year, defeat of her supporters at a battle at Langside put her once more to flight.
Impulsively, Mary sought refuge in England with her cousin Elizabeth.