A leading historian claims to have solved a 450-year-old murder mystery and to identify the culprit that killed Mary, the husband of Queen of Scots.
Professor Kate Williams, a bestselling author and professor at the University of Reading, has suggested that Lord Darnley was murdered by Mary Stuart's jealous half-brother James, Earl of Moray.
Her theory comes to light for the release of one of the most anticipated historical dramas of the year, Mary, Queen of Scots starring Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth I.
Jack Lowden shines as Lord Darnley (second left), Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart and James McArdle as Earl of Moray (right)
Bills so far suggested that Lord Darnley was murdered by his relatives, while historians claimed he died in the hands of the third rebel queen's husband, the Earl of Bothwell.
Mary, Queen of Scots was also involved in the cruel murder.
Their marriage was under heavy pressure since they were married in 1565, and only two years later he and his squire were found dead in an orchard in Kirk, Field, Edinburgh.
But now, on the basis of letters written by Elizabeth I and the lords, Professor Williams claims that one of the suspects under the radar was Mary's half-brother, James, Earl or Moray.
Not long before the bodies were discovered, an explosion had shaken Lord Darnley's house to its foundations, but it is believed that the explosion exploded after the murder, a possible attempt to cover the real cause of death.
Mary, Queen of Scots was also involved in the cruel murder of her husband. Pictured, Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart
Based on letters written by Elizabeth I and the lords, Professor Williams claimed that a suspect under the radar was Mary's half-brother, James, Earl of Moray
Professor Williams told MailOnline: "The Count of Moray was a suspect at the time, but he was simply too powerful, so humbled every suspicion.
He was the illegitimate son of Mary's father with a mistress who, in those situations, would not have taken you that far, but he did – he was the leader of all lords and aristocracy.
"He was constantly trying to get the flow out of her.
After several attempts to try to take over power – kidnapping, war, kidnapping – the Count of Moray knew he had to push her out of the way and this regent was de facto king for her son.
"Everyone hated Lord Darnley because he had taken their land with him, so he was married to the Queen so strongly. & # 39;
Professor Williams said Lords in a plan to kill Mary's husband Lord Darnley under the orders of the Earl.
& # 39; The night before the murder the Count of Moray disappeared conveniently & # 39; caring for his sick wife & # 39; – and came back the next day.
& # 39; They found Lord Darnley with his servant smothered in a nearby orchard on February 10.
& # 39; Next to them was a chair, a rope and a dagger and two dressing gowns, for Darnley and his servant had heard that gunpowder had been planted in the house and escaped with the chair, the rope and the dagger. They wore robes because they were in bed.
"But they did not come until they were strangled by accomplices.
& # 39; All of this was part of a big conspiracy by the count to take power. They said he looked through his fingers when it was done, that is, agreeing with the murder.
Mary realized what had happened and was terrified. She knew that the Lords and her half-brother were part of it, but she was powerless. They sent suspicion to her. Moray set Mary aside and got all power for herself, keeping her in prison and forcing her to resign.
She made the fatal mistake of rushing to England, thinking that Queen Elizabeth would put her back on the throne. Elizabeth was in a dilemma-she was sympathetic and did not want Queens to be undermined, but the Count of Moray was simply too powerful.
& # 39; She was in an impossible position.
& # 39; This was the perfect crime. Moray has everything – but of course it has just been shot down – power is a dangerous game. & # 39;
Mary, Queen of Scots & # 39; is an ambitious new performance of the Mary Stuart and Elizabeth I saga with main roles of Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie
In 2015, a panel convened by the Royal Society of Edinburgh was convened to consider crime with modern research methods – and it turned out that Mary's hands were clean.
The composite experts are pathologists, explosives experts, scientists and historians.
The study seemed to plead Mary free, but was not convincing on cause of death, and the precise identity of perpetrators remains unknown.
Professor Williams is the author of Rival Queens: The Betrayal of Mary, Queen of Scots, who is now in bookstores.
Mary Queen of Scots will be in the cinemas on Friday.