The only surviving legitimate child of King James V of Scotland, Mary was six days old when her father died after falling from a horse and she inherited the throne in 1542. Brought up in France, where she would be safe from invading English forces, she returned to Scotland twenty years later but found governing Scotland difficult as the powerful nobility became increasingly aggressive. Her troubles increased when she made a claim against her cousin, Elizabeth, for the English crown. The life of Mary, Queen of Scots showcases the political upheaval throughout Europe in the Medieval Times as powerful families fought each other for power and control.