November meeting report

Thursday, 01 December 2011 13:27 Carole Robinson

 Arbella Stuart, the queen that never was

Thursday 24th November 2011


David Templeman returned to give the group a talk about Arbella Stewart.

 Arbella was the only child of Charles Stuart the 1st Earl of Lennox and Elisabeth Cavendish, daughter of Bess of Hardwick. Arbella parents both died when she was very young and she spend a lot of time with her maternal grandmother ‘Bess’. Arbella was considered one of the natural candidates for succession to the English crown, after her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I and this would have been a good political move, joining England and Scotland as she was closely related to both Tudors and Stewarts, but this was not to be. Arbella led a traumatic life spending a lot of it virtually a prisoner at Hardwick hall with her grandmother.

 Her sad life ended in the Tower of London where she starved to death. 




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