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David. ?1533--66, Italian musician and courtier who became the secretary and favourite of Mary, Queen of Scots. He was murdered at the instigation of a group of nobles, including Mary's husband, Darnley
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(137) Soon after she has to explain yet another of Mary's affairs, this time with Rizzio, for "He was her greatest favourite / Him she caresed with all her might" (138).
Valentine's Day, Sir Walter Scott includes an account of the murder of David Rizzio, Queen Mary's favorite.
EDINBURGH CASTLE AND HOYROODHOUSE: There's so much to see and do in Edinburgh, from the Castle to the Royal Mile, but don't miss Holyrood House (www.royalcollection.org.uk), where Mary Queen of Scots saw her secretary Rizzio murdered by her jealous second husband Lord Darnley, You can also visit Mary King Close (www.realmarykingsclose.com), a truly amazing "city under the city" frozen in time since the 17th century.
When Mary Queen of Scots was pregnant with James, her husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley, caught a clever Italian musician, singer, and courtier, Davide Rizzio, half dressed, in her bedroom closet and, soon after, murdered Rizzio in Mary's presence in her apartments (just as Polonius is murdered in Gertrude's, as Winstanley points out).
By all accounts, Darnley was a wastrel who drank to excess, contracted syphilis and plotted the slaying of MaryAAEs secretary, Italian musician David Rizzio. On March 9, 1566, Mary and a few attendants, including Rizzio, were dining in a small room adjoining her bedchamber at Holyroodhouse when Darnley burst into the room, followed by a clutch of armed noblemen who tore Rizzio from MaryAAEs arms.
She was married to her second husband, Lord Darnley, in its chapel in 1565; her French secretary and possible lover Rizzio was murdered in the royal apartments; and it was there she married her third husband, the Earl of Bothwell, in 1567.
Carr, commissioned by the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, carries on the ratiocinative tradition of Sherlock Holmes with an adventure involving the murder of architect Sir Alistair Sinclair and his assistant in Scotland at Holyrood House, haunted by the ghost of David Rizzio, secretary to Mary Queen of Scots.
Besides his work with popular music, and his appearances in the standard nineteenth-century Italian and French operatic repertory in Mexico and the United States, Hoyos also sang in the 1932 Los Angeles premiere of David Rizzio, the opera by California composer Mary Carr Moore (1873-1957) about Mary Queen of Scots.