The Valet's Tragedy: And Other Studies

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VI THE MYSTERY OF AMY ROBSART

I
HISTORICAL CONFUSIONS AS TO EVENTS BEFORE
AMY'S DEATH

LET him who would weep over the tribulations of the historical inquirer attend to the tale of the Mystery of Amy Robsart!

The student must dismiss from his memory all that he recollects of Scott ' Kenilworth.' Sir Walter's chivalrous motto was 'No scandal about Queen Elizabeth,' 'tis blazoned on his title-page. To avoid scandal, he calmly cast his narrative at a date some fifteen years after Amy Robsart's death, brought Amy alive, and represented Queen Elizabeth as ignorant of her very existence. He might, had he chosen, have proved to his readers that, as regards Amy Robsart and her death, Elizabeth was in a position almost as equivocal as was Mary Stuart in regard to the murder of Darnley. Before the murder of Darnley we do not hear one word to suggest that Mary was in love with Bothwell. For many months before the death of Amy (Lady

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface vii
  • Contents xi
  • I- The Valet''s Tragedy 1
  • II- The Valet''s Master 29
  • III- The Mystery of Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey 55
  • IV- The False Jeanne D''Arc 104
  • V- Junius and Lord Lyttelton''s Ghost 127
  • VI- The Mystery of Amy Robsart 152
  • VII- The Voices of Jeanne D''Arc 193
  • VIII- The Mystery of James de la Cloche 228
  • IX- The Truth about ''Fisher''s Ghost'' 258
  • X- The Mystery of Lord Bateman 274
  • XI- The Queen''s Marie 291
  • XII- The Shakespeare-Bacon Imbroglio 312
  • Index 359
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