Mary ueen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley review Ç 109

Summary Mary ueen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley

Mary ueen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley review Ç 109 ã ❰Reading❯ ➷ Mary ueen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley Author Alison Weir – BONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's  Mary BoleynHandsome accomplished and charming Henry Stuart LordBONUS This edition contains an excerpt from Alison of Scots eBook #184 Weir's  Mary BoleynHandsome accomplished and charming Henry Stuart Lord Darnley staked his claim to the English throne by marrying Mary Stuart who herself claimed to be the ueen of England It was not long before Ma. En Ma Fingit Mon CommencementIn my end is my BeginningMary had this saying embroidered on her cloth of estate while in prison in England Mary was 6 days old when her father died and she was crowned ueen of the Scots At age 15 she married Francis dauphin of France and he ascended the throne a year later Just when events seemed to be going in Mary's favor Francis died after only 18 months as King Mary was not that welcome in France due to fears she would make a play for the throne She returned to Scotland to assume her birthright as ueen Mary was the ultimate bachelorette She launched a assiduous search across all of Europe searching for a suitable candidate She tried several alliances all of which fell through for various reasons In the end she was left with Henry Stuart Lord Darnley and as discombobulated as she felt her life was before it was about to take a severe turn for the worse Darnley on the surface seemed the perfect catch He was tall handsome debonair young man of culture and good breeding A man not that far removed from having his own claim for the throne He pressed Mary hard from the beginning to grant him crown matrimonial that would allow him to ascend to the throne of Scotland in the event of Mary's death without issue Mary was already starting to see cracks in the veneer of her relationship with Darnley He was not well liked He was vindictive arrogant vain violent and immature and all of those unlikable ualities were magnified by a drinking problem Mary though fairly innocent politically understood the danger of granting Darnley what he wanted and kept coming up with reasons to delay Rumors were soon circulating that Darnley was not only being unfaithful lock up your wives daughters sisters grandmothers and great grandmothers when Darnley was in the neighborhood but also plotting treason After their son James was born Mary did try to repair her relationship with Darnley She wanted Elizabeth ueen of England to recognize her as her heir To reduce the controversy already swirling around her reign she decided that she needed to make things work with DarnleyAll that fornicating had taken it's toll on Darnley and he was suffering from the late stages of syphilis Darnley's skull resides at the Museum of the Royal College of Surgeons why and the bone of the skull is actually pitted from the disease When Mary does finally meet up with him again after a long separation his face is disfigured and his health is deteriorating The first thing Darnley wants to do is hop in the sack but Mary of course finds his condition repugnant and probably knows enough about the contagion to know that she would be putting her future health in jeopardy She leaves him resting at Kirk O'Field with his attendants to attend a dance at Holyrood At 2AM the house at Kirk O'Field is blown to smithereens not one stone left on top of another Bodies are pulled from the wreckage but the King is not among them Only after searching farther a field do they find him in a garden nearby They found the bodies of the twenty year old King and his valet Taylor lying sixty to eighty steps from the house Both were nearly naked being clad in short nightshirts and neither body had a mark on it Darnley was stretched out on his back under a pear tree with one hand draped modestly on his genitals while Taylor lay a yard or two away curled up with his night shirt rucked up around his waist and his head resting face down on his crossed arms; he had on a nightbonnet and one slipper The were no burns no marks of strangulation or violence on the bodies Near to the bodies lay a chair a length of rope a dagger Darnley's furred nightgownA spy put in place by the great spymaster Robert Cecil of England made a drawing of the event for his master The drawing still exists And one of the grand historical mysteries of all time begins Who killed Darnley Why wasn't he blown up in the house He may have heard the movement of barrels of gunpowder being moved into the floor below him He may have smelt the burning of the fuse used to light the gunpowder The chair and the rope could have been tools used to help him and his valet escape the house probably through a window Once he left the house he must have been discovered by the conspirators and suffocated in such a way as not to leave any marks The lords of the land uickly begin to jockey for position They accuse each other of involvement in this murder most foul James Hepburn Bothwell an ambitious man who is close to Mary is the most likely candidate to have played a hand in Darnley's death He makes a play for power by kidnapping Mary and raping her putting her in jeopardy of having a pregnancy that would forever mar her reputation She does later miscarriage twins She in desperation agrees to marry him He is already married which for a man as ambitious as Bothwell is barely a hurdle He offers his wife the choice of divorce or poison Agreeing to marry Bothwell turns out to be one of the many disastrous decisions that leads to Mary's demise A supportive Elizabeth turns away from her The Scottish people are in an uproar accusing her of involvement in Darnley's death The lords choose sides and a civil war insures Bothwell escapes to Norway Mary is locked up in a castle and the lords begin to put pressure on her to abdicate in favor of her son The Casket letters surface letters supposedly written by Mary that are later determined to be forgeries None of the letters had signatures dates or addresses Some of her own letters were mixed with the forgeries to try to lend credence to the whole The evidence against Mary was always sketchy at best Mary escapesto England Why why England Mary She still coveted the English crown Elizabeth at first treats her with deference but as accusations continue to surface Elizabeth becomes and uneasy about her association with her cousin Mary James Stewart Earl of Moray bastard brother of Mary lacking half the genetic code he needed to be King is named regent and baby James is crowned King His head so small the crown had to be held over his head Trials are conducted servants are hanged and uartered The real criminals continue to via for position We all know what eventually happens to Mary Alison Weir says In the circumstances she must with justice be regarded as one of the most wronged women in history I agree few things went right for Mary ueen of Scotts but she also made several terrible mistakes She did not vet Darnley She needed a strong man to help her control the conniving scheming eager lords of her realm Darnley was nothing than a boy and too dedicated to his personal pleasures She herself needed to be purposeful in her decisions The traitors that conspired with Darnley to oust her from power needed to be dealt with firmly She should never have agreed to marry Bothwell The Protestant marriage conflicted with her Catholicism and lost her support from all uarters When she had the chance to leave Scotland she needed to go anywhere but England As it turns out I believe most of the top royalty of Scotland was involved in the killing of Darnley through participation knowledge of the event or part of the cover up afterwards I do believe that Mary was innocent With her goal to be ueen of England she needed Darnley to have a chance at accomplishing that aspiration Killing him as satisfactory as that would be would keep her from what she wanted most The conspirators never escape the specter of Darnley's death either Bothwell dies in prison in Norway Moray is assassinated Others are poisoned hanged stabbed and bludgeoned Payment for the murder of Darnley continued to be exacted for twenty years after his death Alison Weir books are compelling and meticulously researched Her writing style and presentation make history not only accessible but enjoyable Weir's rendition of the evidence is balanced and even though it is hard for us not to have sympathy for Mary given that she is so fatefully conspired against from the beginning the victim of royal paranoia and deceived by those that she needed to trust Weir makes a case that part of Mary's downfall can be attributed to her own lofty ambitions

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Haustive 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 pa. Like a couple of other readers I could not finish this book I retreated at the half way mark It is without doubt a well researched book but I had a lot of trouble keeping up with the Scottish nobles getting confused about the Huntley's Hamilton's Maitland's Melville's Moray's and then they were all related by marriage at some point it seemed I think that personally I might be better served by reading historical fiction about Mary as the personalities are better shown by dialogue and might assist in understanding the motives of these characters in getting involved in the political machinations that unfolded I do appreciate the research undertaken to write this book and may revist it at a later date

Alison Weir ☆ 9 review

Mary ueen of Scots and the Murder of Lord DarnleyRy discovered that her new husband was interested only in securing sovereign power for himself Then on Februaryan explosion at his lodgings left Darnley dead the intrigue thickened after it was discovered that he Mary ueen Epubhad apparently been suffocated before the blast After an ex. Alison Weir thoroughly presents and critiues what is known about this complex and murky affair Most of the book is readable some of it is a page turner and on some technical parts who was at a meeting; legal precedents; translation issues it can be a slog Written in 2003 I believe it remains the definitive work on Lord Darnley's murderWeir covers the main elements of the story with clarity than I have seen anywhere specifically How Mary came to marry Darnley inclusive of Elizabeth’s mixed signals and the possibility of Leicester as a husband the Rizzio murder and after it Mary’s attempt to portray a “good family” up to the birth of James witnesses on the night of the Kirk o’Field explosion the cover ups and the power grabs that followed the murder how Bothwell took and used Mary and the civil war that followed The trial in England and Elizabeth’s evolving motives A thorough dissection of the Casket Letters – particularly how some dates can’t be possible and how the words are not Mary’s manner of writingRather than write a review I’ll make some observations Mary had to living in a constant state of PTSD She lost her father in her first week on earth and was shipped off to France to marry the Dauphin at age 5 By age 18 she was a widowed ueen of France and the orphaned ueen of Scotland and or less sent back to rule a land she knew little about and hardly spoke its language Her second husband for whom she fought a civil war was most likely alcoholic and syphilitic sleeping with men and women and had tried to kill her – or maybe just get her to abort their child by having her lute player stabbed 50 times while she watched at gunpoint This is just the start Both Mary and Darnley were 6 feet tall There has to be something to this perhaps in Mary’s falling in love and the people’s awe of their towering royal couple Mary’s imprisonment saved her life The nobles can uickly raise armies with thousands of soldiers at what seems to be a day or two notice How is this done Mary spent very little time with her baby James and until captivity seems not to miss him What should be expected of an 18 year old monarch raised to dance smile and embroider For centuries people believed in the divine right of kings Mary wasn’t the first to let her sense of entitlement to ruin her life