Mary Queen of Scots : And the Murder of Lord Darnley
by Alison Weir
Editor: Vintage Publishing
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On the night of February 10, 1567, an explosion devastated Henry Stewart’s Edinburgh residence, Lord Darnley, Mary’s second husband, Queen of ScotsThe sound was heard from as far away as Holyrood Palace, where Queen Mary attended a mask weddingThe people who arrive at the devastation scene found in the garden, Darnley’s naked corpses and his valetNeither had died in the explosion, but both bodies bore strangulation marks.It was clear that they had been murdered and the house destroyed in an attempt to erase evidenceDarnley was not a popular king-consort, but he was considered by many to have a valid claim to the throne of EnglandFor this reason, Elizabeth I had opposition from her longstanding family wish to marry her Marie Stuart, who claims to be the legitimate Queen of EnglandAlison Weir’s investigation of Darnley’s murder is defined against one of the most spectacular periods in British historyHis conclusions will shed a brilliant new light on the actions and motivations of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Mary’s own involvement
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