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Nor did Darnley’s character measure up to the promise of his appearance—he was weak, vicious, and yet ambitious.The callous butchery of her secretary and confidant, David Riccio (Rizzio), in front of her own eyes, in March 1566, by Darnley and a group of nobles, convinced Mary that her husband had aimed at her own life.She refused to acknowledge Mary as her heiress, however much Mary, nothing if not royal by temperament, prized her English rights.
Henry II and his queen Catherine de Médicis with their own large family, assisted by relations on her mother’s side, the powerful Guises.
But in fact Bothwell as a consort proved no more acceptable to the jealous Scottish nobility than Darnley had been.
Mary and Bothwell were parted forever at Carberry Hill on June 15, 1567, Bothwell to exile and imprisonment where he died in 1578 and Mary to incarceration on the tiny island of Loch Leven, where she was formally deposed in favour of her one-year-old son James.
Mary’s father-in-law, Henry II of France, thus claimed the English throne on her behalf.
The death of Henry in 1559 brought Francis to the French throne and made Mary a glittering queen consort of France, until Francis’s premature death in December 1560 made her a widow at the age of 18.