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By Alison Weir

Good-looking, comprehensive, and captivating, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, staked his declare to the English throne through marrying Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the Queen of britain. It was once now not lengthy earlier than Mary stumbled on that her new husband was once in basic terms in securing sovereign energy for himself. Then, on February 10, 1567, an explosion at his accommodations left Darnley useless; the intrigue thickened after it used to be stumbled on that he had it appears been suffocated prior to the blast. After an exhaustive reevaluation of the resource fabric, Alison Weir has get a hold of an answer to this enduring secret. utilising her present for bright characterization and gripping storytelling, Weir has written one among her most tasty tours but into Britain’s bloodstained, power-obsessed prior.

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Ten days later, Yaxley had left Brussels with letters of congratulation on Mary’s marriage and the subsidy of 20,000 crowns. 32 yet Yaxley drowned while his send used to be wrecked off Northumberland in January 1566, and the money used to be seized through the Earl of Northumberland and claimed through Queen Elizabeth as treasure trove. 33 Darnley took Yaxley’s servant, Henry Gwynn, into his carrier. Cecil used to be frustrated that no letters were came upon on Yaxley’s physique while it was once washed ashore, yet Philip had prudently written individually to Mary and Darnley through de Silva in London, begging the Queen to not make any try at the English throne until eventually he invaded the Netherlands, “where he can with better facility help them. ” as a result hugely delicate nature of this letter, de Silva used to be obliged to carry directly to it for a number of months. 34 On Candlemas Day (2 February), Mary and Darnley attended excessive Mass jointly at Holyrood, sporting candles in procession to the chapel royal. Mary “used nice persuasions to divers of her the Aristocracy to listen to Mass together with her, and took the Earl of Bothwell by means of the hand, to acquire him in. ” Bothwell refused, and went off with Huntly to listen to Knox hold forth, at which Mary was once a little indignant. 35 Alarmed at this overt exhibit of Catholicism, Randolph mentioned on five February that Mary had “said overtly that she's going to have Mass loose for all males that would pay attention it. ” Darnley, Lennox, Atholl and others “now day-by-day lodge to it. The Protestants are in nice worry, and doubt of what shall turn into of them. The wisest a lot mislike [Darnley’s] govt that they layout not anything greater than the go back of the Lords. ” days later, Darnley was once back creating a nice show of Catholic devotion, swearing that he might have Mass celebrated in St. Giles and urging a similar in Council, yet extra (thought Randolph) to check opinion than perform his boast. however, while numerous Lords resisted his makes an attempt to cause them to accompany him to Mass, he “gave all of them very evil phrases. ” Bedford heard that he desired to close all of them of their rooms till they did as he needed. 36On a similar day, Randolph recorded one other hearsay that Mary had subscribed to a Catholic League “to continue papistry all through Christendom,”37 whereas Melville believed that Rizzio “had mystery intelligence” with the Vatican. Mary was once doing her top to take care of her pro-Catholic coverage, yet Darnley can have had an ulterior intent in his overt screens of piety, and used to be probably attempting to enlist Catholic aid in Scotland, England and out of the country for his bid for the Crown Matrimonial. He can also were attempting to persuade Mary’s Catholic allies that he was once extra full of life within the religion than she used to be, and for that reason prone to be powerful in bringing a few counter-reformation in Scotland. In any such weather, Rizzio’s place used to be transforming into day-by-day extra harmful. On 29 January, Randolph voiced the opinion that the Italian was once the daddy of Mary’s unborn baby, and warned Leicester: “Woe certainly to you whilst a son of David may still undergo rule over Scotland.

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