Long-lost letters from Britain’s Queen Mary have been found mislabeled in a digital library in France. Mary wrote these letters while imprisoned in the 16th century.
An international team of codebreakers say they have not only discovered but decoded the long-lost secret letters of Queen Mary Stuart, the 16th-century ruler of Scotland. Also understood.
The Queen of Scots is one of those figures in British history who has often been the subject of debate, and there has long been speculation about the secret letters she wrote in prison. They were eventually found in a digital library in France with the wrong label. Historians are calling this development the most important discovery regarding Queen Mary in over a century.
Being a Catholic, Mary was considered a danger to her Protestant cousin, Queen Elizabeth I, and was imprisoned for several years. During this imprisonment from 1578 to 1584, he wrote the recently discovered secret letters.
In 1578, Mary was found guilty of conspiring to assassinate Queen Elizabeth and beheaded, ending her dramatic life. But she is not forgotten by the minds of the three code breakers who have found more than 50 of her letters. In these letters I have written about 50,000 words of text.
Discovery of Mary’s Letters
The three codebreakers who discovered Marie’s letters are members of Decrypt, an international cross-disciplinary team that decodes documents in vaults around the world. While carrying out the same task, the three reached the National Library of France, Bibliotheques National de France, where they found some documents. Although, according to the labels of these documents, these letters were written in Italy in the 16th century, the three codebreakers after research came to the conclusion that they were actually written by Queen Mary during her imprisonment.
“Decoding the text of these letters was like peeling back the layers of an onion,” says French computer scientist and cryptographer Georges Lesry, one of the three codebreakers.
George Laceri and his colleagues, the German professor of music Nobert Biermann and the Japanese physicist Satoshi Tomokyo, were the first to realize that the letters were written in French, not Italian. Lacery adds that she also considered that the letters’ use of the feminine gender and the use of phrases such as “my freedom” and “my son” suggested that the author was a captive mother. .
But the most important development in his research was the discovery of the word “Walsingham”. Francis Walsingham was Queen Elizabeth I’s principal secretary and “spy master”. Lacery notes that some historians believe that it was Walsingham who “implicated” Mary in the failed plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth.
He further said that Mary was very smart and that is why there is no mention of any murder plot in these letters. Instead, in these letters she pleads for herself as well as other conversations, complains about illness and those she considers her enemies, and worries about her son’s abduction.
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