Mary Queen of Scots' secretary is murdered on Darnley's orders

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Historical Context Note

Mary Queen of Scots' new husband Lord Darnley, feeling that he should hold real power along with his title of 'King', grows jealous of his wife's confidential secretary, David Rizzio. A group of rebels led by Lord Ruthven bursts into Mary's chamber at Holyrood House and stabs him to death, probably on Darnley's orders.
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Editors. "Mary Queen of Scots' secretary is murdered on Darnley's orders". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[, accessed 25 September 2016.]

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  1. Anglican Reformation 16th Century - Politics and Religion