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Old April 12th, 2016, 07:10 PM   #1

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Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley


This rather clean-cut chap was the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Their short and tumultuous marriage gave them one child, the future James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). But, Darnley was, by all accounts, jealous, paranoid, and desperate for power.

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[The Jealousy of Darnley, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani.]

Mary refused to grant Darnley the Crown Matrimonial, which would have made him the successor to the throne if she died childless. Mary's private secretary, David Rizzio was stabbed 56 times on 9 March 1566 by Lord Darnley and his friends in the presence of the seven-months-pregnant queen in her dining room. She thereafter distanced herself from Darnley.

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[The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie (1787).]

On 10 February 1567, the 22 year old Darnley died when his residence was destroyed by a bomb, eight months after James's birth. His body and that of his valet were discovered in the orchard of Kirk o' Field, in Edinburgh. The Casket letters alleged to have been written by Mary, seemed to indicate her support for the killing.

Dansley's murder remains one of history’s most notorious unsolved crimes, or does it? There are several works on the topic ,but what authors suggest on the subject seems to vary.

Any thoughts?

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The second husband of Mary Queen of Scots, was her cousin Henry Stuart. Henry was considered to be handsome by the standards of that time. Mary, a very young and probably lonely widow, said of him when she saw him at Wemyss Castle, “he was the properest and best proportioned long man that ever she had seen …” In other words, he was tall and handsome. He was over six foot tall, (his height has been estimated between 6′ 1″ to 6′ 3″.) Since Mary was 6′ tall she must have found this to be a pleasant change from the smaller stature of the Scottish lords who attended her at court. At last, a dance partner that she did not tower over! Also, coming from the English court of Elizabeth, he charmed Mary with his courtly manners, his fine clothes and conversational ability. Something that was missing in the rough and sometimes rowdy Scottish nobility.

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Darnley's waistcoot(or one of them) also hung behind the bar of the Lord Darnley tevern situated opposite the royal palace of Holyroodhouse at the bottom of Edinburgh's Royal Mile.for many years.
That was in the 1960's -I don't think the pub is there now or at least it has been renamed. But on my way to watch Hibs play matches at Easter Road on match days in the'60's I would occasionally drop into ''Darnley';s' for a pint and I'd see his waistcoat behind the bar which was quite a tourist trap given the pub's alleged Darnley connections.
''Kirk O' Field where he was blown up by barreled gunpowder, is now part of Edinburgh University campus. and the spot where Darnley and his mates hacked David Rizzio to death is marked by a plate in the floor of the room in Holyrood Palace where the deed was done.
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This rather clean-cut chap was the second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots. Their short and tumultuous marriage gave them one child, the future James VI of Scotland (later James I of England). But, Darnley was, by all accounts, jealous, paranoid, and desperate for power.

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[The Jealousy of Darnley, by Giovanni Battista Cipriani.]

Mary refused to grant Darnley the Crown Matrimonial, which would have made him the successor to the throne if she died childless. Mary's private secretary, David Rizzio was stabbed 56 times on 9 March 1566 by Lord Darnley and his friends in the presence of the seven-months-pregnant queen in her dining room. She thereafter distanced herself from Darnley.

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[The Murder of Rizzio, by John Opie (1787).]

On 10 February 1567, the 22 year old Darnley died when his residence was destroyed by a bomb, eight months after James's birth. His body and that of his valet were discovered in the orchard of Kirk o' Field, in Edinburgh. The Casket letters alleged to have been written by Mary, seemed to indicate her support for the killing.

Dansley's murder remains one of history’s most notorious unsolved crimes, or does it? There are several works on the topic ,but what authors suggest on the subject seems to vary.

Any thoughts?


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When it comes to the murder of Darnley im fairly sure MQoS was guilty. Guilty of what exactly im unsure but guilty of something nonetheless. Everything was rather too convenient for Mary to be entirely innocent imo.

I did read Antonia Fraser's biography of Mary. The book was well written and well researched. However, on every controversial issue Fraser gives Mary the benefit of the doubt. It became infuriating reading after a while. Fraser's biography(and a few others) poisoned the well for me when it came to enjoying females writing biography of historical female rulers. I tend to now assume females writing history are in reality just fighting a modern feminist battle.

What does Alison Weir have to say on the issue? Having slagged off female history writers I do enjoy reading Alison Weir.
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Old April 13th, 2016, 10:55 AM   #5

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I've read a good bit about Mary and don't think we'll ever know. She--like her coz Liz--is an enigma.
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Well, Fraser was accused of giving Charles II the benefit of the doubt on every issue. She simply loves her subjects.
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