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The murder of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (pt 2/3)

The murder of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (pt 2/3)
Key Info
  • The murder of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley (pt 2/3)
  • Duration: 02:06
  • In November 1566, Mary, Queen of Scots discussed the problem of Darnley with the Scottish nobles at Craigmillar Castle. Mary could not divorce Darnley, so the alternative was for him to die. However, Mary refused to take part in any plan that would affect her honour or her conscience. In her absence, the nobles signed the Craigmillar Bond, agreeing to murder Darnley. It is unclear whether Mary was involved in this plot.
  • Subject:



    Scotland: Mary Queen of Scots and The Scottish Reformation

  • Keywords: Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley, Mary Queen of Scots, Craigmillar, divorce, James VI, murder, Holyrood, Glasgow, Edinburgh
Ideas for use in class
  • Illustrating the events that led up to the murder of Henry Stewart, Lord Darnley. Students could explore the different theories and suspects and discuss which seem most likely.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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