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

Author: Alison Weir
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Henry Stuart Darnley, Lord; Mary, Queen of Scots; Henry Stuart Darnley, Lord; Mary, Queen of Scots; Maria, Schottland Königin 1542-1587; Henry Stuart Darnley
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alison Weir
ISBN: 034543658X 9780345436580 9780812971514 0812971515
OCLC Number: 50737062
Description: xvii, 670 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations, map ; 25 cm
Contents: 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 dare 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 the debate."
Responsibility: Alison Weir.
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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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