The beautiful and much loved Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, is one of the most unfortunate and sympathetic characters in history. Born in Scotland, educated at the court of Francis II of France, whom she married at fifteen, queen of France at sixteen, a widow at seventeen, beginning her reign as Scotland's Queen at eighteen, married to Darnley of the Royal Blood at nineteen; her life began amid turmoil and disaster. Her husband, Lord Darnley, who after their marriage proved himself a vicious braggart and coxcomb, was intensely jealous of Rizzio, Mary's favorite singer and secretary. One night as Rizzio sang to the queen, Darnley and his band of night hawks waited at the foot of the narrow staircase for the singer. Down the staircase he comes full of youth and love. Darnley's hand shoots out of the shadow and Darnley's dagger finds its rest in Rizzio's heart. Such marital dissensions, together with political factions and religious contentions, cause Scotland to rise in arms, and the ... Written by
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