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Codebreakers find and decode lost letters of Mary, Queen of Scots

Feb 8, 2023 - 12:38:25 AM
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2678 posts since 11/17/2018

A trio of codebreakers has found and deciphered a treasure trove of lost letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots.

The 57 secret letters, from Mary Stuart to the French ambassador to England between 1578 and 1584, were written in an elaborate code. The findings come 436 years after Mary’s death by execution on February 8, 1587.

Feb 8, 2023 - 2:41:40 AM

443 posts since 8/9/2022

Four centuries later and first-hand evidence of this aspect of our history from the main participant are not only discovered but also the coded content is revealed in full raw detail. Add to that the nature of coded communication which is that it is the information that the sender absolutely did not want revealed to her captors at the time. Wow. The Tudor history specialists must be buzzing with excitement. About the nearest thing to a time machine that we get.

Edited by - quartertoner on 02/08/2023 02:45:18

Feb 8, 2023 - 4:35:06 AM



3471 posts since 10/23/2004

Pretty interesting for sure.

Amazing how she herself generated such a complicated code that it took this long to decipher. Just wow.

Feb 8, 2023 - 2:25:42 PM
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4179 posts since 2/22/2009

Mary’s execution was the excuse King Phillip of Spain needed to invade England with the Spanish Armada. That didn’t work out as planned. There is still some debate over whether she was guilty of treason or was set up . Maybe these letters will explain what really happened .

Feb 8, 2023 - 2:59:54 PM

Paul R


16424 posts since 1/28/2010

And yet we somehow have direct audio evidence of her death.

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