Mary Queen of Scots' secretary is murdered on Darnley's orders (54 words)

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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 20 June 2018.]

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