Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley
Jonathan Cape, 2003 - Всего страниц: 621
On the night of 10 February 1567 an explosion devastated the Edinburgh residence of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. The noise was heard as far away as Holyrood Palace, where Queen Mary was attending a wedding masque. Those arriving at the scene of devastation found, in the garden, the naked corpses of Darnley and his valet. Neither had died in the explosion, but both bodies bore marks of strangulation. It was clear that they had been murdered and the house destroyed in an attempt to obliterate the evidence. Darnley was not a popular king-consort, but he was regarded by many as having a valid claim to the English throne. For this reason Elizabeth I had opposed his family's longstanding wish to marry him to Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the rightful queen of England. Alison Weir's investigation of Darnley's murder is set against one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Her conclusions will shed a brilliant new light on the actions and motives of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Mary's own involvement.
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If genuine, they go a long way towards proving her involvement in Darnley's
murder, but many have argued that they are forgeries or genuine letters that have
been deliberately altered by Mary's enemies. It should be said, however, that
of Mary Fleming, was reputed to be a witch and to have the power to cast spells.
Archibald Campbell, 5th Earl of Argyll, whose power base lay in the western
Highlands, had been educated at the University of St Andrews and in 1557 was
On 4 December, Elizabeth told Mary's commissioners that she agreed it was 'very
reasonable that [Mary] should be heard in her own cause', but she insisted that, '
for the better satisfaction of herself, the Regent must first present his proofs.
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
3.5 stars Mary, Queen of Scots was suspected of murdering her second husband, Lord Darnley. Darnley died in an explosion, but it was definitely murder. Many people at the time thought she’d done it ... Читать весь отзыв
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I am a Tudor history buff, so I really enjoyed this. I don't think Alison Weir has ever written a bad book. Poor Mary, though. Life was not kind to her. Читать весь отзыв
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