Program Details

A Scottish Duo: Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie Part I: Mary, Queen of Scots - Boca Raton
Graciously underwritten by Margot Levin

Ralph Nurnberger
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Join Dr. Ralph Nurnberger as he examines the Scottish Duo in a special two-part series. Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie are among the most iconic heroes in Scotland, remaining popular and revered figures in Scottish history even though neither ever achieved their objective, namely, to be the monarch in Britain. 
Mary Stuart was six days old when her father, James V of Scotland, died. She inherited the throne and officially became Queen of Scotland at age 14. At seventeen, she also became Queen consort of France when her first husband, Francis, became King. A year after his death, she returned to Scotland, hoping to also become Queen of England. The next twenty years of her life were marked by political intrigues, international conspiracies, espionage, murders, personal dramas, and a lengthy rivalry with her cousin Queen Elizabeth of England. Nurnberger will explore her exciting story and share the recently discovered treasure trove of long-lost letters by Mary Queen of Scots found by a trio of amateur cryptologists who painstakingly worked to crack their code!

About the Instructor

  • Ralph Nurnberger, Ph.D., is a widely acclaimed speaker who brings humor, current political insights, and historical background to his presentations. He taught history and international relations at Georgetown University for 38 years. He received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Graduate School of Liberal Studies in 2003. Nurnberger has given talks on a wide range of historical and political topics for the Lifelong Learning Program at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca and Jupiter campuses, where his talks frequently sell out. Nurnberger served on the professional staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; as a Legislative Liaison for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee(AIPAC); as executive director of Builders for Peace (which had been established to assist the Arab-Israeli Peace Process); and as a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is a senior partner in Nurnberger & Associates, Inc. He earned his bachelor's degree from Queens College, his master's degree from Columbia University, and his doctoral degree from Georgetown University.