Suppose Elizabeth I had died of Smallpox, leaving the succession unclear. Would she have been succeeded by Mary, Queen of Scots, uniting the crowns of Scotland and England a generation earlier and becoming Mary II of England? Being a Catholic, would Mary restore the previous Mary's legacy rather than James VI & I continuing Elizabeth's legacy? What would happen once James eventually succeeded Mary?
This assumes of course that in this Alternative Time Line, or ATL, that Elizabeth I dies of smallpox before 1567. In that case, though, there would have been a push to get her second cousin once removed, Katherine Grey, on the throne since the Greys were Protestants.
Post by timrollpickering on Jul 3, 2020 23:24:27 GMT
There's also the complication that there was a developing custom that the succession was set down clearly in advance rather than being the mere whim of the deceased monarch's will or whoever could get their arse on the throne first.
Divine right only came later and James was fortunate that intermarriage and poor fertility meant multiple lines converged on him.