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Off with Their Heads: Five Famous Beheaded Queens

It’s a good thing we have necks. You know, to keep our head about our shoulders. But it some cases, darned if you don’t lose your head. Sometimes it’s not always good to be the king, or queen for that matter. Here are some leading ladies, who unfortunately met their fate by losing their heads.

It’s a good thing we have necks. You know, to keep our head about our shoulders. But it some cases, darned if you don’t lose your head. Sometimes it’s not always good to be the king, or queen for that matter. Here are some leading ladies, who unfortunately met their fate by losing their heads.

Marie Antoinette (1755-1793)

Oh how the French loved to hate her. At the tender age of 14, she was plucked from her home of Austria and given into marriage with Louis Aguste (not yet king of France). In the beginning, opinions were mixed about the soon to be queen. The people at large adored her, but the people at court would often refer to her as the “ostrich bitch.” It was a good seven years before her marriage to King Louis XVI would be consummated, and not only did the French people desire a male heir, but her mother was adamant about it, and often criticized the girl for being “inadequate.” Never mind that King Louis XVI had issues downstairs that required surgery for the problem to be fixed.

Marie resorted to spending on lavish gifts for herself, and a reputation for her opulence soon spread throughout the court. As Marie matured in age, hatred towards her grew. Rumors about infidelities and illegitimacy of her children spread throughout the country. Although they were probably untrue, the rumors quickly began to damage her reputation. The “Affair of the Diamond Necklace” only made matters worse, even though Marie never wished to purchase the necklace. As hostilities grew towards the French royalties, their removal from the throne became inevitable. She would be tried and committed to the guillotine only two days after her trial. She was not yet 38.

Mary I, Queen of Scots (1542-1587)

Many of her years were spent in hiding due to the turbulence caused by wars. Her father died while she was only a week old, and her mother safe-guarded the young child for her protection. By 5, she was sent to France, to become the future wife of Francis. Mary would eventually vie for the succession for the English throne. Many believed Elizabeth I to be illegitimate, and even though Henry VIII excluded the Stuart line to not be included in the succession of the throne, many still wanted Mary to be on the English throne. After Francis died, Mary returned to her native Scotland. Religious tensions began to mount when Mary began to claim her rights to the English throne. This did not please Elizabeth I. With the marriage to Henry Stuart, Mary and Henry became claimants to the throne, being direct descendents of Margaret Tudor. Her second husband subsequently died, and she was forced into marriage with James Hepburn.

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  1. Rask Balavoine

    On September 9, 2008 at 4:19 am


    Watch out there, you might get our dear queen Elizabath going all paranoid! Well she’s not my queen, but … o never mind, it’s complicated.

  2. Lauren Axelrod

    On September 9, 2008 at 3:51 pm


    Interesting historical piece. I have read the story of Lady Jane in a book. Such a tragedy

  3. ThisNachoIsCalledNic

    On September 13, 2008 at 12:49 am


    Thank god we don’t have heads flying off now…Lady jane grey, so innocent… Thanks for sharing! I really enjoyed reading

  4. Kiki Stamatiou

    On September 26, 2008 at 9:31 am


    I liked the pictures. I learned a lot from this informative article, and I was entertained. Beautifully written.

    Take Care,

    Kiki Stamatiou (Joanna Maharis)

  5. kim

    On March 27, 2009 at 9:15 am


    wow!

  6. noel

    On February 7, 2010 at 2:10 am


    i want to have book about the queens and kings about histirical queens and kings

  7. Evodus

    On February 3, 2011 at 10:08 am


    I would say Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane were innocent.

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