Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

by Alison Weir
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Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley by Alison Weir

Handsome, accomplished, and charming, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, staked his claim to the English throne by marrying Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be the Queen of England. It was not long before Mary discovered that her new husband was interested only in securing sovereign power for himself. Then, on February 10, 1567, an explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead; the intrigue thickened after it was discovered that he had apparently been suffocated before the blast. After an exhaustive reevaluation of the source material, Alison Weir has come up with a solution to this enduring mystery. Employing her gift for vivid characterization and gripping storytelling, Weir has written one of her most engaging excursions yet into Britain’s bloodstained, power-obsessed past.

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ISBN-13: 9780812971514
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/10/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 130,081
Product dimensions: 5.02(w) x 7.95(h) x 1.48(d)

About the Author

Alison Weir is the author of four other books on English history, including Eleanor of Aquitaine. She lives outside London with her husband and two children.

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Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Weir does it again! After having read her biography of Elizabeth I (another great read) and having an interest in Mary Stuart anyway, I enthusiastically delved into this work. Weir painstakingly explores primary sources and incorporates ample background material. She doesn't try to indoctrinate her readers with a certain view, although she makes it clear how she feels. On the contrary, she presents a fair picture of the nobles involved and the political and relgious climates. She isn't in any way unfair to Mary Stuart herself, nor is she unfair to the 'bad guys', either. Rather, she carefully discerns from primary sources the characters and motives of the various players in the story. She takes you through everything (and I do mean everything) as if settting up a geometric proof. Nothing is assumed, no step is skipped. A must for anyone with an interest in Mary, Elizabeth, or the study of history in general.
AndromedaIL More than 1 year ago
I have become a fan of Alison Weir's historical writings and have enjoyed reading many of her books. I studied King James I of England, VI of Scotland quite extensively for my Master's thesis and was intrigued by his mother, Mary, Queen of Scots. This book is an excellent in depth look at Mary's life and it's an enjoyable read as well.
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I had expected some wonderful revelation in reference to Mary and Darnley's marriage and his death. There wasn't one! To me, the book was a re-hash of everything I've ever read, both biographical and fictional. I had difficulty with Ms. Weir's interpretations of The Casket Letters. She would translate the supposed meaning of the letter in a format that made me wonder where she ever came up with her conclusions. As for the conclusions, I couldn't see where she could possibly have come up with her deductions. In all fairness, it may be the way in which The Casket Letters were written, in the Old English style. What was appreciated, though, was that I finally had a sense of who all the main characters were and how they were placed in the story...from Moray, Maitland, and Huntly, to Lennox, Morton, and Bothwell. I do agree with Ms. Weir's ultimate hypothesis, though....that Mary was innocent of the crime, albeit she probably knew something was afoot due to a conference with some leading nobles, and that The Casket Letters were most probably either all forgeries or actual letters tampered with. Thing is....other books which I have read have said this already! As previously mentioned...there was nothing new in this book.