Following the death of David Riccio, Mary attempted to reassert her authority by making peace with the Scottish nobles and bringing the Earl of Bothwell into her government. Darnley remained unpopular in court and became a public embarrassment for Mary. In 1567, Darnley was found dead. It is still uncertain who was responsible for his murder.
Students could imagine that they were members of the nobility that were plotting the murder of Lord Darnley. They could explain their motives and how they planned to commit the crime. They also need to explain how Mary would not be implicated in the plot.