Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of Lord Darnley

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Jonathan Cape, Apr 3, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 621 pages
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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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Review: Mary Queen of Scots and The Murder of Lord Darnley

User Review  - CS Burrough - Goodreads

Alison Weir surpassed herself penning this tome, the first in my opinion to rival Antonia Fraser's 1969 Mary Queen of Scots. Via Mary Stuart runs the continuous line of succession, from Plantagenets ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mary Haines - Goodreads

Some very contrasting views amongst readers here but isn't that what we are - readers? Personally, I find Alison Weir readable and comprehensible. When, in another life, I become a historian then ... Read full review

Contents

Kirk oField Edinburgh 10 February 1567 i
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The Controversy and the Sources
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The Three Crowns
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Copyright

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About the author (2003)

Writer Alison Weir received training to be a teacher with a concentration in history from the North Western Polytechnic. Before becoming a full-time writer, she worked as a civil servant and ran her own school for children with learning difficulties from 1991 to 1997. Her first book, Britain's Royal Families, was published in 1989. She is primarily a non-fiction author who writes about British royalty. Her books included The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Children of England; Eleanor of Aquitaine; Henry VIII: King and Court; Mary, Queen of Scots; and Isabella. Her first novel, Innocent Traitor, was published in 2006. In 2008 her second novel, The Lady Elizabeth, was published. Her most recent work is entitled, The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn. This book covers the last four months of Anne Boleyn's life. She lives in Surrey, England with her husband and two children.

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