Mary Stuart's Account of Riccio's Murder.
One of the most curious documents in the eighth volume of the State papers and manuscripts relating to English affairs in the Venetian archives, which has just been published is ("Truth" says) a letter of Mary Queen of Scots to the King of France, giving an account of the murder of Riccio. The Queen writes :—"On the 9th of the month, we being at supper in private about the seventh hour, in our cabinet, accompanied by our sister, the Countess of Argyle ; our brother, the commmander of St. Croce, and others of our domestic servants, because on account of our indisposition, and as the seventh month of our pregnancy was almost accomplished, we had been advised to eat meat, the King our husband came to visit us, and seated himself by our side. Meanwhile the Earl of Morton and Lord Lindsay, with their followers, to the number of 160 persons, occupied and took possession of all the entrances and exits of. our palace, bo that; they believed it was impossible for anyone to escape thence alive. During this interval of time, Lord Ruthven, fully armed, with others of his followers, dared to enter by force into our apartments and cabinet, and perceiving our secretary, David Riccio, there, with other servants of ours, said that he desired to speak with him immediately, At the same moment we inquired of the King, our husband, if he knew anything concerning this proceeding, and when he answered us in the negative, we ordered Lord Ruthven to quit our presence under penalty of being deemed a traitor, and said that we would deal with David Riccio, and cause him to be punished if he had been guilty of any offence. Nevertheless, Lord Ruthven, by force, in our presen.ee, seized David, who for his safety and defence had retired behind our person, and a portion of Ruthven's followers, surrounding us with arquebuses in hand and muzzles levelled, dragged David with great cruelty forth from our cabinet, and at the entranoe of our chamber dealt him. 56 dagger wounds, at which act we remained not only wonder-stricken and astounded, but had great cause to fear for our life. , , , The Provost of Edinburgh, hearing the tumult raised in our palace, caused the bells to be sounded with hammers, and came to our palace to our succour, accompanied by a large band of armed men, and asked to epeak with us and to know how we had fared. To this inquiry we were not permitted to give any reply, because wo were violently threatened by the conspirators, who said to our very face that if we endeavored to speak they ;would throw us over the walls in pieces, in order to malse steaks of us. The King, pur husband, then ordered these people to retire. AH night long we were kept prisoners in our chamber, with scarcely feyen the opportunity of speaking with our raaid-Bervanta."
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Mary Stuart's Account of Riccio's Murder., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
Mary Stuart's Account of Riccio's Murder. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2464, 11 July 1890
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