From the Accession of Queen Elizabeth to the conclusion of the Treaty
with France. 1558–1572.
The Constitution of Scotland. Cardinal Beatoun. The Earl of
Arran. Edward VI. and Mary Stuart. Cardinal Beatoun murdered.
Mary sent to France to be educated, and to be married to Francis
the Dauphin. Mary Guise, Queen dowager, concludes peace with
England—Is appointed Regent of Scotland. Memorial of the Pro-
testants, demanding various privileges—The Queen gives an unsatis-
factory answer. Princess Mary married to Francis the Dauphin,
and on the death of Henry II. declared reigning Queen of France;
and at the instigation of her uncles, assumes the titles and arms of
Queen of England. Character of Mary—Her claims of succession
to the English throne. Reply of the advocates of Elizabeth. Cha-
racter of Elizabeth—Her Counsellors. Character of Bacon, Walsing-
ham, Cecil, &c. Rejoicings at the accession of Elizabeth. Philip
proposes marriage to Elizabeth, which she declines. Elizabeth's
right of succession to the throne recognized by Parliament. Elizabeth
restores the Protestant religion. The moderation of Elizabeth—
Declines the wish of the Parliament that she would marry. Peace
of Cateau Cambresis. Conduct of the Queen Regent of Scotland.
John Knox—His character. Fanatic excesses of the people. Des-
truction of Churches, Monasteries, &c. The Prior of St. Andrew's.
Troops from France arrive in Scotland. The Queen Regent deposed.
Opinion of John Knox. The Scotch Confederates apply to Elizabeth.
Prudent conduct of Elizabeth—Convention with the Scotch Con-
federates. Death of the Queen Regent of Scotland—Her character.
Convention of Edinburgh. The Roman Catholic worship abolished
in Scotland. The constitution of the Church of Scotland. Reso-
lution to destroy Abbeys, Convents, Libraries, &c. Death of King
Francis II. Mary's letters to Elizabeth. Her objections to the
treaty of Edinburgh. Mary leaves France and lands in Scotland,
where she is received with great rejoicings and respect. Religious
differences. Knox preaches against the Catholics. Mary's conver-
sation with him—His austerity—He is accused of high treason, but
acquitted. Disputes for the possession of Church property. Nego-
ciations with France and England. Elizabeth's declaration respecting