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Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnleyby Alison Weir
Synopses & Reviews
Handsome, accomplished, and charming, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, staked his claim to the English throne by marrying Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the Queen of England. It was not long before Mary discovered that her new husband was interested only in securing sovereign power for himself. Then, on February 10, 1567, an explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead; the intrigue thickened after it was discovered that he had apparently been suffocated before the blast. After an exhaustive reevaluation of the source material, Alison Weir has come up with a solution to this enduring mystery. Employing her gift for vivid characterization and gripping storytelling, Weir has written one of her most engaging excursions yet into Britain’s bloodstained, power-obsessed past.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
The best-selling author of Henry VIII reexamines an array of source material to describe the relationship between Mary, Queen of Scots, and her ambitious second husband, Lord Darnley, and to investigate the 1567 murder of Lord Darnley, to assess the potential involvement of Mary, and to provide a solution to this four-hundred-year-old mystery. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
Kirk o'Field, Edinburgh, 10 February 1567 — Introduction : the controversy and the sources — The three crowns — "The most beautiful in Europe" — "Powerful considerations" — "A handsome, lusty youth" — "Most unworthy to be matched" — "The Chaseabout Raid" — "There is a bait laid for Signor David" — "This vile act" — "As they have brewed, so let them drink" — "An unwelcome intruder" — "No outgait" — "Unnatural proceedings" — "The days were evil" — "Some suspicion of what afterwards happened" — "All was prepared for the crime" — "Most cruel murder" — "None dared find fault with it" — "The contrivers of the plot" — "Great suspicions and no proof" — "Laying snares for Her Majesty" — "The cleansing of Bothwell" — "We found his doings rude" — "Wantons marry in the month of May" — "This tragedy will end in the Queen's person" — "False calumnies" — "I am no enchantress" — "These rigorous accusations" — "Pretended writings" — "Much remains to be explained" — "The daughter of debate."
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