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Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

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Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

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Mary Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir
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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 shed a brilliant new sight on the actions and motives of the conspirators and, in particular, the extent of Mary's own involvement.

Author Biography

Alison Weir lives and works in Surrey. Her books include Britain's Royal Families, The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Children of England, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry VIII: King and Court.
Release date NZ
February 5th, 2004
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
16pp colour halftones, genealogical table, map
Imprint
Pimlico
Pages
640
Dimensions
129x198x35
ISBN-13
9780712664561
Product ID
1661731

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