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An engraving by W.T. Fry (based on a painting) of Mary Stuart, also known as Mary Queen of Scots, circa 1587. An international trio of codebreakers discovered and decrypted letters she wrote during her years in captivity in England. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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3 amateur codebreakers set out to decrypt old letters. They uncovered royal history

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Engraving from 1885 featuring Mary Queen of Scots who was the Queen of Scotland. She lived from 1542 until 1587. traveler1116/Getty Images hide caption

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