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Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley
Mary, Queen of Scots, and the Murder of Lord Darnley | Alison Weir
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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Alison Weir's Mary Boleyn. 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 Britains bloodstained, power-obsessed past.
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Dragon
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#7days7covers #covercrush - Day 4 post a favourite cover each day for 7 days and tag someone new each time. @charl08 interested in playing? 😀🐉

Centique Beautiful! I love a close up on a face where it is cropped away on one side like that. 5mo
Dragon Thanks @Centique it‘s a good portrait 😀🐉 5mo
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jenniferw88
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Mehso-so

#rumorhasit that Mary had something to do with Lord Darnley's murder. After reading this book I'm leaning towards her being innocent. #AnglophileApril @Cinfhen @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi @Mdargusch

TrishB It‘s another one of those historical conundrums!! I believe she‘s guilty- Weir and I don‘t agree on a lot of historical questions 😁 11mo
Birdsong28 @trishb @jenniferw88 Have you read John Guy My heart is my own? From reading his account of this episode I think he thinks she's guilty. I'm not sure myself 📚📖 11mo
jenniferw88 @Birdsong28 no, but I am definitely interested in reading other perspectives... #stacked! 11mo
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Mdargusch So many rumors in that Tudor family! 11mo
rretzler I‘ve always been fascinated by Mary and Elizabeth and that period. 11mo
TrishB I‘ve read the Guy one. I also recommend this one , it‘s a great discussion point! 11mo
Birdsong28 @jenniferw88 Just be careful when buying it as you can get it with the yellow cover (the pic that is on here) or the movie cover and it just says Mary Queen of Scots on the front but it is the same book. My version is the yellow cover as I have had it a few years but only getting round to reading it properly 😂 as I used it for my Tudor History A level but only used certain sections. 11mo
Birdsong28 @TrishB It certainly is! I studied this time period of Mary's life for my Tudor History A level case study. That book you suggested is a good book as well. 😁📚📖 11mo
Cinfhen I love all the political intrigue 11mo
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jenniferw88
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February TBR!

The first 4 are leftovers from December & January - I probably should have bailed on the tagged book (which I started in December) but have committed myself to it now. I'm in a similar position with The Idiot.

A Minor Deception & The Fifth Season are my next 2 prompts for #booked2019 @Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft (I'm trying to read 2 books a month for this challenge)

Cinfhen Good luck 🍀 looks like you have some good reads lined up😀 13mo
AlaMich I really enjoy the Dr. Siri series!! It‘s such a unique setting and the characters are great. They are not really about the mysteries, however. IMHO, that is. 😊 13mo
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jenniferw88
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⚀ The tagged book, The Idiot (Dostoevsky) & The King's Speech
⚁ Pottermore says Slytherin but I identify as Slytherclaw
⚂ Celebrity Catchphrase

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in 💙💚💙 13mo
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balletbookworm
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Having finished Jenny Wormald‘s analysis of Mary‘s personal rule, I jumped right into Alison Weir‘s exhaustive analysis of the murder of Lord Darnley, one of the only Weir biographies I hadn‘t yet read. And it‘s pretty safe to conclude that Weir has turned over all the stones currently available to turn over and we can conclude that a) Mary did not collude in the murder of her worthless husband,...

balletbookworm though if the pox had carried him off she would have been happy about it and b) that she made some really terrible choices, starting with marrying Darnley in the first place, that just laid her open for others to take advantage of her misfortune such that she never regained her footing. 2y
balletbookworm I mean, there are EIGHTEEN single spaced pages of bibliography. Weir read ALL the things (edited) 2y
balletbookworm (Although you would think that Darnley‘s murderers could have come up with a more subtle plan than “blow up the house and if that fails smother him.” The guy was known to party a little too hard - couldn‘t he have fallen out a window of Edinburgh Castle or drowned in the Loch or Firth or something?) (edited) 2y
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balletbookworm
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#24in48 kickoff!!!! (Chaucer is just here for the scritches)

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mrsmarch
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zsuzsanna_reads
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Pickpick

🎉 I took me so long to finish this book, feels like I need a celebratory fanfare! 🎉 That said, after a slow start, this is a good book that concentrates on the most interesting part of Mary's life. After reading it, I feel I have a much better knowledge of the full cast of the Scottish Lords. Would recommend this book, ideally read after Guy's biography of Mary.

Btw, don't you think Darnley looks quite hipsterish in this painting?

[DELETED] 4272432186 It's definitely the glasses! Very hipster indeed. 🤓 I'm adding this one to my pile. Sounds like an interesting read. 3y
zsuzsanna_reads @TheEclecticGeek It is! But a slow read too. There's a lot of information in there and not that much dramatic interpretation. We are not even told what Mary wore at her three weddings, like in other biographies! 3y
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zsuzsanna_reads
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Started another book (my third) about the life of Mary Stuart.

Reecaspieces Love it!! She was unique in a strange time period. 3y
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balletbookworm
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And I'm cheating a bit with this stack. I'm a bit of an Alison Weir junkie (not her novels, I can't really get into those, but her biographies). I don't think I really have a favorite, but I think I prefer her bios of Eleanor, Isabella, and Katherine Swynford because they aren't part of the Tudor time period (and don't seem quite as popular). #fridayfunphoto

LeahBergen I've wanted to pick up the Swynford one since I loved Anya Seton's Katherine so much (many moons ago 😉) 3y
hwheaties Love Alison Weir!! 3y
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ScorpioBookDreams Love Alison Weir. Her books are so readable! 3y
Peterdamien I can't hear "Mary queen of scots" without thinking "funny that penguin being on top of the telly like that" #montypython #forever 3y
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