David Rizzio and Mary, Queen of Scots
Murder at Holyrood
By (author) David Tweedie
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David Rizzio and Mary, Queen of Scots by David Tweedie
Book DescriptionOn the evening of 9 March, 1566, a raiding party forced their way into the palace of Holyroodhouse and stabbed Italian secretary, David Rizzio to death while he was at supper with Mary, Queen of Scots. The attack was savage and brutal - Rizzio was stabbed over fifty times - and Mary's husband, Darnley, was among the conspirators. David Rizzio came to Scotland in 1561. There, he rose to power and influence in the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was her secretary, chief minister and the architect of her plan to avoid Scotland turning into a Calvinist republic. It was also rumoured that he was her lover and father of her child, James VI and I. David Tweedie explains how Rizzio so enraged the Scots lords that they plotted his murder. He points to the complicity of Elizabeth and her ministers and shows that Rizzio's murder was a serious political event, since with his death, died the possibility of religious counter-reformation in Scotland. While the other men in Mary's life have received their due from the historians, Rizzio remains a shadowy figure. This book restores the balance and explores one of the most shocking events of Mary's colourful reign.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780750943314
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Sutton Publishing Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 18-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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David Rizzio came to Scotland from Italy in 1561. He quickly rose to power and became secretary to Queen Mary. He exerted considerable influence and was perceived to be a threat to English interests by Sir William Cecil. On the evening of the 9th March 1566 he was murdered by her jealous husband Lord Darnley and others.
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Author Biography - David Tweedie
David Tweedie is a Scot among whose ancestors are two of Rizzio's murderers, Adam Tweedie of Drava and William Tweedie of Drummelzier. After reading history at Oxford he qualified as a solicitor and was a member of the American Bar Association. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of both the Society for Reformation Studies and the Marie Stuart Society.
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