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David Rizzio

(c. 1533—1566)


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(1533–66)

Italian-born secretary and adviser to Mary, Queen of Scots. He entered service at court in 1561 and by 1564 he had become her Secretary: he possibly arranged her marriage to his friend Darnley. By March 1566 ‘Seigneur’ David's arrogant monopoly of power, combined with fears of his being a papal agent, led to his assassination. Darnley, who suspected him of adultery with Mary, was involved in the plot.

Subjects: World History — British History.


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