Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley

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Ballantine Books, 2004 - Всего страниц: 696
This book is an excursion into Britain's bloodstained, power-obsessed past. The author's investigation into Lord Darnley's murder is set against one of the most dramatic periods in English history. Its conclusions shed light on the actions and motives of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Mary's own involvement. Tall, handsome, accomplished, and charming, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, had it all, including a strong claim to the English throne, a fact that threatened the already insecure Elizabeth I. She therefore opposed any plan for Darnley to marry her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots, who herself claimed to be Queen of England. But in 1565 Mary met and fell in love with Darnley and defied Elizabeth by marrying him. It was not long before she discovered that her new husband was weak and vicious, and interested only in securing sovereign power for himself. On February 10, 1567, an explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead. There were many who might have had a motive for murdering him, not least Mary herself. The intrigue thickened after it was discovered that apparently he had been suffocated before the blast. Emerging from the tragedy were more mysteries than any historian has ever satisfactorily solved. Mary and Darnley's marriage had been an adulterous disaster. After Darnley's death, Mary showed favor to the powerful Earl of Bothwell, causing her enemies to accuse her of being his partner in both infidelity and murder. Mary insisted that the murder conspiracy had been aimed at her, and that she had escaped only by changing her plans at the last minute. It has even been suggested that Darnley himself had planned the explosion in order to kill her. The murder of Darnley ultimately led to Mary's ruin. After her deposition, there conveniently came to light a box of documents, the notorious Casket Letters, that her enemies claimed were proof of her guilt. But Mary was never allowed to see them, and they disappeared in 1584. The question of their authenticity has haunted historians ever since. After exhaustive reexamination and reevaluation of the source material, the author has come up with a solution to this enduring mystery that can be substantiated by contemporary evidence, and in the process has shattered many of the misconceptions about Mary, Queen of Scots.

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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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This was a mammoth undertaking. Alison Weir explores the evidence that comes from one of the great mysteries of the Tudor period: Mary, Queen of Scots, and the murder of Lord Darnley. The book can be ... Читать весь отзыв

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PRO Lo GUE Kirk oField Edinburgh 10 February 1567
3
The Most Beautiful in Europe
25
Powerful Considerations
42
A Handsome Lusty Youth
61
The Chaseabout Raid
84
There Is a Bait Laid for Signor David
97
This Vile Act
118
As They Have Brewed So Let Them Drink
133
We Found His Doings Rude
394
Wantons Marry in the Month of May
423
This Tragedy Will End in the Queens Person
445
False Calumnies
469
I Am No Enchantress
488
These Rigorous Accusations
508
Pretended Writings
525
Much Remains to Be Explained
536

An Unwelcome Intruder
153
No Outgait
171
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191
All Was Prepared for the Crime
255
Great Suspicions and No Proof
336
Laying Snares for Her Majesty
360
The Cleansing of Bothwell
377
The Daughter of Debate
546
Postscript
579
List of Abbreviations Notes and References Bibliography
587
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Genealogical Tables Illustration Credits Index
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Alison Weir is the author of four other books on English history, including Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.

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