The Mary Carmichael of the well-known ballad may be a fiction but Marys Seton, Beaton, Livingston and Flemming, together with Mary Stewart, comprised the real five Marys - assertive young women unafraid to question their place in society. Who was Mary Queen of Scots? Vilified as an adulteress only to be immortalised as a martyr, where does history become legend? Why was Mary deposed? Who killed Darnley? Exactly 500 years after the Battle of Flodden and the birth of John Knox, this new take on Mary's life explores not only the historical events which led to her demise, but the relationships and emotions of an increasingly isolated young woman faced with political and religious upheaval and her country's gradual loss of independence.