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  • Published: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449219
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

Mary Queen of Scots

And the Murder of Lord Darnley




Bestselling historian Alison Weir turns her attention to Mary, Queen of Scots and one of the great mysteries of the 16th century.

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.

  • Pub date: 1 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446449219
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 640

About the Author

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is one of Britain’s top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.

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Praise for Mary Queen of Scots

“A monumental piece of historical detective work”

Observer

“Weir tells the famous story grippingly, with clarity and pace”

Ann Wroe

“An engrossing historical whodunnit combined with a richly textured portrait of an age”

Scotland on Sunday

“Valuable, conscientious and thoughtful”

Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

“As a vivid re-assessment of Scotland's greatest historical mystery, this is a riveting read”

Living History


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