5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I haven't read Alison Weir's book on the murder of Darnley but have seen some of the negative reviews about her bias towards Mary. What Bingham manages so superbly in this book is to keep her own personal sympathies for Darnley out of her assessment of the evidence. The man who is often a minor figure in the greater tragedy/romance (depending on the writer) of Mary takes centre stage at last, and Bingham is excellent on recreating his childhood and family upbringing and background, particularly around the fascinating Margaret Lennox. Darnley is handsome, charming, intelligent and yet spoiled by ambition. Using original sources, letters and contemporary accounts but building in and taking account of the slants inherent in such political documents, Bingham weaves a fascinating if inevitable story that moves inexorably towards Danley's death. This is a superb book and one which could usefully serve as a model to some of our more 'imaginative' popular historians of how to write a narrative which is exciting yet doesn't betray the tenets of good historical writing.
on 9 September 2015
Very interesting, informative book on Darnley, we know who he is, but rarely do we know much about the man himself, other than being Mary Queen of Scot's second husband,his part in the murder of David Rizzio and his murder at Kirk o Field. This book gives you so much more about Henry Darnley himself. Excellent.