The half-brother of Mary Queen of Scots murdered her husband to seize power – as I might have solved by Elizabeth I the 450-year-old murder mystery
- The historian claims that the husband of Mary, Queen of Scots was murdered by her half-brother
- Dr. Kate Williams proposed 450 years ago a new theory about unsolved murder
- She claims that Lord Darnley was murdered by Mary's brother James, Earl of Moray
Amie Gordon for Mailonline
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.
Dr. 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, based on letters written by Elizabeth I and the lords, Dr. Williams claims that one of the suspects under the radar was Mary's half-brother, James, Earl of 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.
However, it was impossible to establish from a scanty evidence whether Darnley and his servant had been strangled or suffocated.
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, Dr. Williams claims that a suspect who went under the radar was Mary's half-brother, James, Earl of Moray
Dr. Williams told The Telegraph: & # 39;[James] was suspected at the time, but he scrubbed it from history. It has been discussed before, the gentlemen write that he would get rid of Darnley and that he would look at it with his fingers & # 39 ;.
• Elizabeth I later writes to Maria and asks if she is there & # 39; looking through her fingers & # 39; – it was an interesting use of the same expression. & # 39;
The historian claims: "Mary knew that Moray was involved and the gentlemen were involved," but she was powerless to try them for crime because they were men, and she was in the minority.
She added: "Mary did not have the chance to do this, so they were all loyal to their own family interests and to Moray."
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.
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
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.
Dr. Williams is the author of Rival Queens about Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots, now in the bookstore.
Mary Queen of Scots will be in the cinemas on Friday.