John Knox: We have a scourge upon our land. 'Tis worse than pestilence and famine. 'Tis a woman with a crown.
Queen Elizabeth I: I was jealous. Your beauty. Your bravery. Your motherhood. You seemed to surpass me in every way. But now I see there is no cause for envy. Your gifts are your downfall.
Mary Stuart: What now, sister?
Queen Elizabeth I: You will still have my protection. Under my terms.
Mary Stuart: Until you have me killed?
Queen Elizabeth I: I will do no such thing.
Mary Stuart: Wouldn't you? As Henry killed your mother?
Queen Elizabeth I: I am not my father.
Mary Stuart: But, you share his blood.
Queen Elizabeth I: As long as you do not provoke my enemies, you have nothing to fear. Your fate rests in your own hands.
Mary Stuart: If I seek to help your enemies, tis only because you pushed me to their arms. And should you murder me, remember that you murder your sister - and you murder your Queen.
Mary Stuart: Be my sister. Be my boy's Godmother. Together we could conquer all of those who doubt us. Do not play into their hands. Our enmity is precisely what they hope for. I know your heart has more within it than the men who counsel you.
Queen Elizabeth I: I am more man than woman now. The throne has made me so. But I have no enmity with you.
Mary Stuart: Except to seed rebellion and to deceive me time and time again.
Queen Elizabeth I: If you still seek my protection, you would do well to watch your words.
Mary Stuart: I will not be scolded by my inferior.
Queen Elizabeth I: Your inferior?
Mary Stuart: I am a Stuart, which gives me greater claim to England than you possess.
Title Card: Mary Queen of Scots was born a Catholic. As Protestants fight to control Scotland, the infant Mary is sent to Catholic France. At 15, she marries the heir to the French throne.
Title Card: At 18, Mary is widowed and returns home. Scotland is now dominated by Protestants, and governed by her half-brother.
Title Card: Elizabeth is England's Protestant Queen. By birth, Mary has a strong claim to England's throne. Her very existence threatens Elizabeth's power.
Lord Randolph: I regret that you perceive me as a failure.
Mary Stuart: There are times for wisdom. And there are times for love. But there are also times for strength.
Mary Stuart: Be wary of these men. Their love is not the same as their respect.
John Knox: We resist those who would tempt us with indulgences. Deny those who worship luxury. Respect not those who flaunt their excesses and whore themselves to wealth and the degradations of the flesh.
John Knox: If a Prince strays from God's will, it is not in doubt that they may be resisted. And in your case, as with all women: their sight is but blindness; their strength, weakness; their counsel, foolishness; their judgment, frenzy. Are we to abide a papist and a woman both?
Mary Stuart: I should like to marry again. To know how it feels to have a man fully. But, not if I am owned.
Mary Stuart: You dare touch a sovereign without her permission?
Henry Darnley: Have I vexed you?
Queen Elizabeth I: England is not Scotland.
Mary Stuart: This is a matter of the heart, not the state. They don't mix well.
John Knox: The authority of women, which I call not true authority, by cardinal bondage, bringing forth monsters!
Queen Elizabeth I: Tell me what to do?
William Cecil: We must make civil war in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth I: You would have me depose the sister monarch?
William Cecil: It is either civil war there. Or civil war here.
Queen Elizabeth I: I want to know nothing of it.
William Cecil: The arrangements shall me mine, alone.
Queen Elizabeth I: No Prince's revenues be so great that they satisfy the insatiable ambition of men.
William Cecil: This I understand.
Queen Elizabeth I: Which is why you are the closest thing I shall ever have to a wife.
William Cecil: [laughs] I shan't mention your proposal to Lord Dudley.
William Cecil: [to Elizabeth] This world is a brutal place. We men must be wiser, mustn't we?
Mary Stuart: You have not betrayed your nature. I cannot fault you for succumbing to his charms as I did. But we must be more careful now.
Mary Stuart: It is enough my own Lords treat me as though I'm but a girl. I will not be treated as such by Elizabeth. I will be the woman she is not. I shall produce an heir, unlike her barren self.
Queen Elizabeth I: How cruel men are.
Lord Maitland: The people believe you are a traitor and a whore. What army can defeat an entire nation turned against its Queen? They would sooner parade your head on a pike than bow before a harlot. I for one would gladly hold high the pike.
James, Earl of Moray: He is right. You cannot raise an army.
Mary Stuart: Many times you have said I cannot do what I have done!
Queen Elizabeth I: Only with suffering do we know joy.
John Knox: The Queen is a servant of Satan. She is a fornicator - with a monstrous lust. This pleasuring woman is not fit to rule us. Would we kneel before a polecat who is bedding an Italian, David Rizzio, a Catholic who never leaves her bed chamber?
Mary Stuart: They will take your crown as well as mine.