Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley

From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling historian comes a brilliant investigation of a notorious unsolved mystery Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley

About the Author: Alison Weir

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.

10 thoughts on “Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley

  1. says:

    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 Queen 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 thr

  2. says:

    Had I known the degree of excruciating research that must have stood at the base of this book and the arduous account it produced, I don t think I would have purchased this book.But chance guides ones life, including that delicious part of it our books and our reading I used to live in a place where bookstores rarely offered the books one sought instead they presented surprises Visiting these shops was twice as fun I always came out with treasured and unexpected purchases This was

  3. says:

    This book is essentially an exploration and whodunnit of the murder of Mary, Queen of Scot s second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, rather than a biography of Mary herself.Mary was certainly an interesting and tragic figure.The book itself is essentially a very interesting expose, and Weir certainly has researched her work and presented her conclusions as to the evidence painstakingly well.The first three chapters of this work are concerned with Mary s early life, her growing up

  4. says:

    Alison Weir thoroughly presents and critiques 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 murder.Weir covers the main elements of the story withclarity than I have seen anywhere, specifically How Mary came to marry Darnley inclusive of Elizab Alison

  5. says:

    Alison Weir surpassed herself penning this tome, the first in my opinion to rival Antonia Fraser s 1969 Mary Queen of Scots Via Mary Stuart runs the continuous line of succession, from Plantagenets Tudors, down to England s current royals.Mary has always polarised debate, first when alive and then, through the centuries, from the grave Regardless which account we accept, she cannot be seen as entirely blameless for her unfortunate life It s also beyond question that too much blinkered blame

  6. says:

    This book is partly a biography of Mary Queen of Scots, and partly an indepth examination of the source material surrounding the explosive murder of her second husband, Lord Darnley, with some conclusions over who was involved.I have been slowly ploughing through this over long book Although the title focusses on the murder of Lord Darnley, the early chapters areof a biography as they go in great depth through Mary s early life and the actual murder comes quite late on in the book Then t This

  7. says:

    I have encountered yet another historical work that bears accurately the maxim that truth is indeed stranger than fiction I m sure that the master of Scottish historical fiction, Sir Walter Scott would struggle to concoct adastardly series of plots that Alison Weir sets to untangle in her 2003 publication, Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley In fact it is a piece of Scott s verse which springs to mind, that sums up this book precisely Oh what a tangled web we weave, w I have encou

  8. says:

    Normally, I love Alison Weir s books The reader can always count on extensive research and astute reasoning, but this one was a slog We re talking about one of the most perplexing historical figures of all time in Mary, Queen of Scots and yet, it just dragged on And on and on.She was the bosom serpent The 16th Century Princess Diana of her day Emotional, needy, irrational, and limelight loving, she just couldn t handle the heat Her first husband was the King of France and her second was fo Normally,

  9. says:

    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 Like a co

  10. says:

    I ve been re reading this over the last month.Weir does a good analysis of the whole murder of Darnley, and while she believes Mary to be innocent, she doesn t show the Scots Queen as truly a white sheep The last 100 hunderd pages, however, are a little slow.

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