Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison WeirOn 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 familys longstanding wish to marry him to Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the rightful queen of England.
Alison Weirs investigation of Darnleys murder is set against one of the most dramatic periods in British history. Her conclusions shed a brilliant new light on the actions and motives of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Marys own involvement.
Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary was executed a week later, her head severed in three blows. I wanted to demystify her, to go back to the archives and let her tell her story in her own words. She famously said her heart was her own, but her story never has been. Sometimes a mere look or a brief exchange between the characters can convey whole paragraphs. And the action and dialogue are superbly paced. Q: What do you feel is the most important message about this moment in history and the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth?
View Basket. Get all the latest news and findings from our experts, read new articles on Scottish history, receive special offers and enter exciting competitions! Hide message. Although each of these marriages was short-lived, every one of these unions made an impact on Scottish history. Mary was aged just fifteen when she was married to Francis, although the pair had been betrothed ten years earlier. Despite the fact that Mary was also queen of Scotland, she knew little of the land of her birth.
Who Was Mary, Queen of Scots?
Scottish History and Archaeology 10 min read. Crowned Queen of Scots at just nine months old; married, crowned Queen Consort of France and widowed all by the time she was 18 years old: Mary Stewart's life was nothing if not eventful. Get the facts about her tumultuous life and death here. He is reported to have laid down and turned his face to the wall. She was the only legitimate child of James to survive him.