Editors. "Mary Queen of Scots' secretary is murdered on Darnley's orders". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 01 February 2011
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=15048, accessed 21 December 2013.]
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.