Mary Queen of Scots' death warrant copy saved

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A copy of the warrant for the execution of Mary Queen of Scots has been saved for the UK.

The document has been acquired by the library of the Archbishop of Canterbury at Lambeth Palace for £72,485, with the help of heritage bodies' donations.

It faced being taken overseas by a private buyer until the government put a block on its export last year.

The Catholic Queen was executed on 8 February 1587 at Fotheringhay Castle in Northamptonshire.

Her cousin, Elizabeth I, signed the warrant but later claimed she had given no instruction for its enactment.

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