"Like my father, I ask you to give up your comfort, to do what is right. You would lose your business deal. You would earn the anger of my mother, and I have nothing to give you in exchange, except my gratitude."
"The day of my marriage, a secret contract was slipped in amongst the others. The french arranged it with my mother. It gives Scotland to France if I die without an heir. I cannot allow it to stand. Do you understand what I"m saying, I can not allow it. I may live in France, but I have the heart of a Scot. …. I would defy the devil himself if he tried to buy and sell my country. I will not risk Scotland’s freedom.”
"For Mary. My Queen. She asked me to find a secret document that put my country at risk. She asked and I agreed. I know you don’t think I notice anything that’s not a pretty dress or a jewel, but strangely enough, I give a damn about my country."
Mary Stuart in season one episode seventeen, “Liege Lord”
"I’m going to be Queen of France one day and I hope to be a good Queen. But France has you and your mother to look after her welfare, Scotland only has me. If it ever becomes a choice between our two countries, I will choose mine. In whatever way necessary."