Adult Nonfiction DA787.D3 W45 2003
Summary: Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, was the son of Henry VIII's niece, Margaret Douglas. Handsome and charming, but frail and vicious, Lord Darnley staked his claim to the throne, threatening the already insecure Elizabeth I. She opposed any plan for Darnley to marry Mary Stuart, who herself claimed to be queen. Then, in 1565, Elizabeth reversed herself out of the same self-interest: she was sure that such a horrible husband would only weaken Mary's prestige and, accordingly, her power. All that ended on February 10th, 1567, when an explosion at his residence left Darnley dead. But the intrigue thickened after it was discovered he had apparently been strangled before the blast. Emerging from the tragedy were more mysteries than any historian has ever solved. Mary and Darnley's marriage was by then an adulterous disaster, and Darnley was involved in the brutal killing of Mary's alleged lover. But had his co-conspirators actually been more interested in destroying him? With Mary under the influence of the powerful Earl of Bothwell, had she been privy to plans to kill her husband? At the last minute, on the day of Darnley's death, she remembered an invitation to his residence that she never responded to -- was it on purpose? Finally, after an inquiry into the event, a box of documents emerged which proved her guilt. But these so-called "Casket Letters" disappeared, haunting Mary, historians -- and English history -- forever. Had they ever been real in the first place
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