Women of Beauty and Heroism; From Semiramis to Eugenie, a Portrait Gallery of Female Loveliness, Achievement and Influence

Women of Beauty and Heroism; From Semiramis to Eugenie, a Portrait Gallery of Female Loveliness, Achievement and Influence

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...bringing her band of musicians from the palace, and often spending the night. Bothwell resolved upon blowing up the premises with gunpowder, and this point being settled, only delayed the execution of the plot till Mary should indicate, a suflicient time beforehand, her intention of sleeping a night at Holyrood. On the morning of Sunday, the 9th of February, Bothwell learned that the queen intended to be present that evening at the marriage of one of her waiting-maids, and could not, therefore, make a prolonged visit to the Kirk-of-Field. The gunpowder was stealthily conveyed to the house by his accomplices. Mary left Darnley at eleven o'clock and returned to Holyrood. Bothwell, to divert suspicion, appeared at the wedding, and soon afterwards joined the conspirators at the lonely house. The gunpowder was lying in a heap upon the floor, and they consulted for some time as to the best method of setting fire to it. They at last kindled one end of a piece of lint, four inches long, and retired to await the event. For a quarter of an hour not the slightest sound was heard. Bothwell, nervous and impatient, was on the point of returning, when a sudden flash and a tremendous explosion terminated his suspense. The Kirk-of-Field was so violently rent asunder, that not a stone remained standing upon another. The body of Darnley was carried by the force of the explosion into a garden at some distance, where it was found lifeless, but with little external injury. Mary's distress, when informed of the disaster, knew no bounds; she shut herself up in her apartment, and refused to see any one, even her counsellors, during the day which followed. Suspicion soon fell upon Bothwell, and upon the 12th of April, 1567, he was brought to trial in...show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236866290
  • 9781236866295