marie Stuart Reye d'Ecosse Souffre de martye pour la Foy;et par la constance de sa mort, renouuelle en ces derniers temps, les exemples de l'ancienne Egliose. Augustus Thuanus lib. 86.
Mariette excud. cum Privil. Regis. [Paris, n.d., c.1640.]
Engraving, very fine. 340 x 220mm, 13½ x 8¾". Trimmed close to plate. Slight stain.
A French portrait of Mary, Queen of Scots (1542-1587), depicting her as a martyr to her catholicism. As she had been Queen consort of Francis II of France, the French preferred to portray her as a victim of religious intolerance than a traitor to Elizabeth I. The quote is from the 'Historia sui temporis' by Jacques Auguste de Thou (1553-1617); the first complete edition, published posthumously in 1620.
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