Mary Queen of Scots: And the Murder of Lord Darnley

Front Cover
Vintage, Jul 3, 2008 - Murder - 640 pages
11 Reviews
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.

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
1
4 stars
4
3 stars
2
2 stars
3
1 star
1

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing

I've always thought Mary was a naive dolt, playing at politics and assassination like she was in a Lord Byron poem. Hopefully this book will give me a better sense of whether that was true, or if she actually had a better idea or rationale for what she was doing. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Gold_Gato - LibraryThing

Normally, I love Alison Weir's books. The reader can always count on extensive research and astute reasoning, but this one was a slog. We're talking about one of the most perplexing historical figures ... Read full review

Other editions - View all

About the author (2008)

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her non-fiction books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Henry VIII: King and Court, Mary, Queen of Scots, Katherine Swynford and Elizabeth of York. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, The Lady Elizabeth and A Dangerous Inheritance.

Bibliographic information